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PETER WARLOCK  

(1894 - 1930)

In a letter of 1919 to Bernard van Dieren, a composer whom he greatly admired, Philip Heseltine explained how he had submitted a group of songs to the publisher Winthrop Rogers under the pseudonym of Peter Warlock, having failed to find a publisher under his own name. The ruse was soon revealed, but not before distinguished singers of the time had started to take an interest in them.

Born in London in 1894, Heseltine had been encouraged in his musical enthusiasms during his time at school, latterly at Eton. There followed an introduction to Delius, who continued to show an interest in his work, and after study in Germany and a year at Oxford reading Classics, he turned his attention to the study of earlier English music, although himself without formal musical training. As a pacifist, in any case medically unfit for military service, he spent the war years in Cornwall and then in Ireland, before returning to London, the centre of his later activities, broken by a period with his mother in Wales and a time in Kent. A certain instability of character, evident, perhaps, in the dual Heseltine/Warlock identities, has been attributed in part to the early death of his father in 1896. Peter Warlock died in December 1930 of gas poisoning, whether by accident or suicide.

Warlock is remembered in particular for his Capriol Suite, an attractive reworking for string orchestra of French dance music of the sixteenth century, also arranged for piano duet and fuller orchestra. A number of his carols have a firm place in Christmas choral repertoire, while his many songs form a remarkable body of work, influenced by Delius, Van Dieren, and the Elizabethan and Jacobean composers that had formed the core of his musicological studies as Philip Heseltine.


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Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BABY NEEDS GUITAR Delos
DE1620
Chamber Music
BEST OF LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET (THE) Delos
DE1607
Chamber Music
BETHLEHEM DOWN Naxos
8.557581
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Blossom Street - MACMILLAN, J. / DUGGAN, J. / GRAINGER, P. / CAMPBELL, H. / TURNBULL, S.M. / BURKE, P. / ANDREW, K. (Down By the Sea) Naxos
8.573069
Choral - Secular
Choral Music - DUPRE, M. / MULET, H. / RHEINBERGER, J. / FARRELL, B. / LANGLAIS, J. / WARLOCK, P. / HOWELLS, H. / KELLAM, I. Delos
DE3129
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music (Christmas) - SMITH, A. / VERDELOT, P. / WESLEY, S.S. / SCOTT, J. / MCGLYNN, M. / BENNETT, R.R. (Sing Thee Nowell) (New York Polyphony) BIS
BIS-2099
Vocal Ensemble
CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY (A) - In Terra Pax (Doyle, Williams, City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, Wetton) Naxos
8.572102
Choral - Sacred
Christmas Dreams on 13 Strings (Miolin) BIS
BIS-2026
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS MUSIC - Happy Holidays from the United States Air Force Band Altissimo
75442263292
Orchestral
ELGAR: Serenade for Strings / Elegy / HOLST: St Paul's Suite / HUGHES: Fantasia BIS
BIS-CD-1589
Orchestral
ENGINEER'S CHOICE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3512
Chamber Music
ENGLISH SONG Naxos
8.557559-60
Vocal
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.555068
Orchestral
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.557753
Orchestral
English String Music Naxos
8.550823
Orchestral
FERRIER, Kathleen: Songs of the British Isles (1949-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111081
Vocal
FROM BYRD TO BIRDS BIS
BIS-CD-57
Chamber Music
HELY-HUTCHINSON: Carol Symphony / STANDFORD / KELLY Naxos
8.557099
Orchestral
HORIZONS - A Musical Journey Delos
DE3511
Chamber Music
LEPAGE-DEAN, Oliver: Evening Hymn (An) - Music for Solo Treble Naxos
8.557129
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Vocal
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW, Vol. 2: Lullabies Naxos Educational
8.554790
Orchestral
LYTTE LAERE OG LEGE - VUGGEVISER (Listen, Learn and Play - Lullabies) Naxos
8.570712
Orchestral
PEHRSSON, Clas: Music for Recorder Ensemble BIS
BIS-CD-8
Chamber Music
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.: The Nutcracker Suite / PRAETORIUS, M.: Terpsichore / WARLOCK, P.: Capriol Suite (arr. for guitar quartet) (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Delos
DE3132
Chamber Music
WARLOCK, P.: Choral Music (The Carice Singers, Parris) Naxos
8.573227
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
WARLOCK: Curlew (The) / Lillygay / Peterisms / Saudades (English Song, Vol. 4) Naxos
8.557115
Vocal
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