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JOHN IRELAND

A pupil of Stanford at the Royal College of Music in London, John Ireland later taught composition at the Royal College, while earning his living for many years as an organist and choirmaster. His music belongs to the 20th-century English musical tradition, demonstrating some lyrical affinity with Elgar while admitting contemporary influences from abroad into a very personal idiom.

Orchestral Music

Ireland’s Piano Concerto and his Concertino pastorale for strings are notable works, with his once very popular A London Overture. Other orchestral music includes the prelude The Forgotten Rite and the symphonic rhapsody Mai-Dun. He provided a very competent score for the film The Overlanders.

Chamber Music

Ireland’s chamber music, well crafted as always, includes two violin sonatas, the second particularly worthy of attention, followed by a fine Cello Sonata. He left three piano trios and a Fantasy Sonata for clarinet and piano. His two string quartets are early works, the first written to persuade Stanford to accept him as a composition student at the Royal College.

Piano Music

Ireland wrote one Piano Sonata and a Sonatina, in addition to a large number of lyrical shorter pieces, many with characteristic titles. Among these The Holy Boy won continuing popularity, in various arrangements.

Organ Music

Organ music by Ireland includes a Capriccio and a Miniature Suite, among other pieces.

Vocal and Choral Music

The coronation choral commission of 1937, These Things Shall Be, proved impressive in its time. Ireland’s songs include settings of Housman, Hardy and Yeats, with nine song cycles, of which Songs of a Wayfarer and Songs Sacred and Profane are examples.

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A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
ABIDE WITH ME AND OTHER FAVOURITE HYMNS Naxos
8.557578
Choral - Sacred
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Chamber Music
BEST OF LONDON Naxos
8.572098-99
Instrumental
CHORAL WEDDING (A) - A Selection of Favourite Choral Anthems and Hymns for Church Weddings Naxos
8.578196-97
Choral - Sacred
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Instrumental
COMPOSERS AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES (1928-1949) Naxos Historical
8.111220
Instrumental
DELIUS, F. / IRELAND, J.: Songs (arr. for cello and piano) (J. Lloyd Webber, Jiaxin Cheng, Lenehan) Naxos
8.572902
Chamber Music
EASTER ALBUM (AN) Naxos
8.570175-76
Choral - Sacred
English Cello Sonatas Marco Polo
8.223718
Chamber Music
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.555068
Orchestral
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.557752
Orchestral
Faire is the Heaven: Hymns and Anthems Naxos
8.557037
Choral - Sacred
HELPS, R.: Chamber Music with Piano - Piano Trios / Piano Quartet / Quintet / Duo (Helps in Berlin) (Helps, Atos Trio, Spectrum Concerts Berlin) Naxos
8.559696-97
Instrumental
HELPS: Shall We Dance / Piano Quartet / Postlude / Nocturne Naxos
8.559199
Instrumental
IRELAND, J.: Church Music (Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Harrison, Prentice) Naxos
8.573014
Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
IRELAND, J.: Piano Concerto / Legend / Rhapsody / A Sea Idyll (Lenehan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Wilson) Naxos
8.572598
Concertos, Instrumental, Concertos
IRELAND, J.: Piano Trios / Cavatina / Berceuse / Bagatelle / The Holy Boy (Gould Piano Trio) Naxos
8.570507
Chamber Music
IRELAND, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 1 (Lenehan) - Sarnia / London Pieces / In those days Naxos
8.553700
Instrumental
IRELAND, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (Lenehan) - Decorations / Sonatina / Leaves from a Child's Sketchbook Naxos
8.553889
Instrumental
IRELAND, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 3 (Lenehan) - Piano Sonata / Preludes / Green Ways Naxos
8.570461
Instrumental
IRELAND, J.: Sextet / Clarinet Trio / Fantasy-Sonata / The Holy Boy (Plane, Rahman, Maggini Quartet) Naxos
8.570550
Chamber Music
IRELAND, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Cello Sonata (Gould, Neary, Frith) Naxos
8.572497
Chamber Music
IRELAND: 5 Poems / We'll to the Woods No More / Sea Fever / Santa Chiara (English Song, Vol. 18) Naxos
8.570467
Vocal
IRELAND: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / The Holy Boy Naxos
8.557777
Chamber Music
LEPAGE-DEAN, Oliver: Evening Hymn (An) - Music for Solo Treble Naxos
8.557129
Vocal
Passiontide: Music for Solace and Reflection Naxos
8.557025
Choral - Sacred
SEA IN MUSIC (THE) Naxos
8.578269-70
Vocal
Viola Sonatas (English) - JACOB, G. / IRELAND, J. / ARNOLD, M. / DELIUS, F. / BERKELEY, L. (Outram, Rolton) Naxos
8.572208
Chamber Music

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