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LORD (GERALD HUGH TYRWHITT-WILSON) BERNERS  

(1883 - 1950)

Lord Berners occupies a very particular position as a notable English eccentric and a talented dilettante in many arts. His literary work includes a series of delightfully libellous novels.

Stage Works

Berners collaborated with Sacheverell Sitwell in a ballet for Diaghilev, The Triumph of Neptune, wrote the music for Luna Park (a ballet commissioned for C.B. Cochran’s London revue of 1930), and also wrote a choral ballet, A Wedding Bouquet, with words by Gertrude Stein. He wrote the ballet Les Sirènes for Covent Garden in 1946, preceded in 1939 by Cupid and Psyche for Sadler’s Wells. His opera Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement is a witty treatment of a comedy by Prosper Mérimée, dealing, in rapid French, with the predicament of a viceroy of Peru who provides his mistress with a fine new carriage.

Songs and Piano Music

Lord Berners shows the same wit in his songs, suggesting, for example, that Heine’s Du bist wie eine Blume (‘You are like a flower’) was originally addressed to a white pig. An English song suggests that red noses are preferable, in their durability, to red roses, and there are settings of poems in French. His piano music shows similar wit and deftness in handling musical techniques, with playful or with more serious intention.

View by Role: Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARNELL, R.: Punch and the Child / BERNERS, L.: The Triumph of Neptune Suite (Royal Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Beecham) (1950, 1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80798
Orchestral
BERNERS: Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement (Le) Marco Polo
8.225155
Orchestral, Opera
BERNERS: Sirenes (Les) / Cupid and Psyche Marco Polo
8.223780
Orchestral, Ballet
BERNERS: Songs / Piano Music Marco Polo
8.225159
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
BERNERS: Triumph of Neptune / L'uomo dai baffi Marco Polo
8.223711
Ballet, Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral
BERNERS: Wedding Bouquet / Luna Park / March Marco Polo
8.223716
Ballet, Orchestral
ENGLISH SONG Naxos
8.557559-60
Vocal
LAMBERT, C.: Concerto for Piano and 9 Players / LORD BERNERS: 3 Petites marches funebres / Fragments psychologiques (Pressler) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80286
Instrumental
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
BERNERS: Songs / Piano Music Marco Polo
8.225159
Vocal




 
 
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