Peter Warlock was the pseudonym of the composer, critic and writer Philip Heseltine (1894–1930). His interest in music was encouraged during his schooldays at Eton, and a high point of his early life was his introduction to Delius by an uncle who lived near Grez-sur-Loing. He came under the influence also of Bernard van Dieren and in 1920 he edited the musical journal, The Sackbut
. He is best known for his songs and for the Capriol
suite for strings, the latter based on dances from Arbeau’s Orchésographie
. Bethlehem Down
is a flowing strophic carol, to be sung unaccompanied. The dynamics reflect the changing moods of the text.
from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993