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HOLBROOKE, Joseph
b Croydon, 5 July 1878
d London, 5 August 1958, aged eighty

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his piano debut at the age of twelve, playing in music hall, and later supported himself by playing piano and conducting. He was a musically prolific composer who spent much of his life evangelising for his own music and that of other British composers. His reputation as a composer entirely of works for large orchestras is quite misplaced.

1886-90 (18-22)

Piano Concerto

1900 (22)

The Raven, symphonic poem

Variations on 'Three Blind Mice', for orchestra

Variations on 'The Girl I Left Behind Me', for orchestra

1901 (23)

Ode to Victory, for chorus and orchestra

1901-3 (23-5)

Ulalume, symphonic poem

1902 (24)

Queen Mab, for chorus and orchestra

1903 (25)

The New Renaissance, overture

The Bells, for chorus and orchestra

1904 (26)

The Vikings, symphonic poem

1905 (27)

Les hommages, for orchestra

1906 (28)

Byron, for chorus and orchestra

Variations on 'Auld Lang Syne', for orchestra

1907 (29)

Apollo and the Seaman, for orchestra

Piano Concerto No 1

1908 (30)

Dramatic Choral Symphony

1909 (31)

Pierrot and Pierrette, opera

1912 (34)

The Children of Don, opera

1914 (36)

Dylan, opera

1915 (37)

The Enchanter, opera

1917 (39)

Violin Concerto

1925 (47)

The Birds of Rhiannon, symphonic poem

Symphony No 3, Ships

1927 (49)

Columba, for orchestra

1928 (50)

Piano Concerto No 2

1929 (51)

Bronwen, opera

Symphony No 4

1936 (58)

Cello Concerto

Aucassin et Nicolette, ballet

1939 (61)

Tamerlaine, concerto for clarinet or saxophone, bassoon and orchestra

Undated The Red Mask, ballet

The Moth and the Flame, ballet

Coromanthe, ballet

The Sailor's Arms, opera

The Snob, opera

Tamlane, opera

Two late ballets in MS

Four symphonies in MS

Suite for chorus and orchestra

Sinfonietta for chamber orchestra

Holbrooke also wrote twenty-four works for brass band, a large number of chamber works, some works for piano and many songs with piano or instrumental accompaniment.

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