|OPERAS : The Moon-Maiden; Agincourt; Alkestis; The Immortal Hour; Bethlehem; The Queen of Cornwall; The Round Table; Birth of Arthur; Lily Maid.|
|BALLETS : Snow-White; May Day.|
|SYMPHONIES : Cromwell; Deirdre.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC : Two string quartets; Quartet for Oboe and Srtings; Sonata for Violin and Piano.|
|Choral works, part-songs, etc.|
About Rutland Boughton:
Holbrooke, Josef C. Contemporary British Composers; Scott C. K. "Rutland Boughton". Musical Quarterly 4:117January 1918; Musical Standard 5:437June 5, 1915.
Important recordings of music by Rutland Boughton:
HIS MASTER'S VOICE: Excerpts from The Immortal Hour.
WALTER BRAUNFELS was born in Frankfort-on-the-Main, on December 19, 1882. His first musical training was received at the Hochs Conservatory in Frankfurt. Upon graduating he continued his studies at Vienna under Leschetizky and Navratil, completing them under Ludwig Thuille in Munich, where he made his permanent home in 1913. Altho composition attracted Braunfels from the very first, and altho at an early age he began to compose songs, choral works and piano pieces of great taste and refinement, it was as a concert pianist that he first gained fame --receiving recognition for his remarkable performances of Bach and Beethoven. From 1915 to 1918, Braunfels served as a soldier in the German army, and on resumption of his musical activities at the end of the War he turned more and more noticeably away from concert work and towards composition. It was not until 1924 that he first came into prominence. In that year, his first opera Don Gil von den grünen Hosen was performed, and it received such acclaim that it convinced its composer that composition, rather than the playing of the piano, was his artistic mission. Since then, Braunfels has produced operas, chamber music and orchestral works with a fertile pen, all of which are of a high degree of excellence--marked by sensitivity, exquisite refinement, musical depth and a fresh spontaneity. "His compositions," as H. J. Kalcsik informs us, "reveal a real artistry and are influenced by the classical forms of Brahms, the grotesque and polyphonic melodies of Berlioz, and a touch of the post-romanticism of Pfitzner."
In 1925, Braunfels was appointed the director of the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik, in Cologne, a position he held until 1933 when the political upheaval in Germany compelled him to resign and to seek refuge in Bad- Godesberg, where he is now living. About his style, he writes: "I live in the classical world, altho it appears that I belong more to the romantic era." He is devotedly attached to the great masters of music of the past--especially Bach and Beethoven; and, tho he would____________________