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Ian Venables: Principal Compositions

A page from the holograph of Vitae Summa Brevis Ian Venables

Chamber music
Elegy for cello and piano, Op. 2 (1981)
Elegy (arr. for viola and piano), Op. 2a (1987)
Three Pieces for violin and piano, Op. 11 (1986)
Diversions for brass quintet, (jazz ensemble) Op. 13 (1992)
Sonatina for oboe and piano, Op. 14 (1995)
Three Bridges Suite for brass decet (jazz ensemble), Op. 18 (1994)
Triptych for sixteen brass and two percussion, Op. 21 (1993)
Sonata for flute and piano, Op. 23 (1989)
Soliloquy for viola and piano, Op. 26 (1994)
Piano Quintet Op. 27 (1989-1996)
Poem for cello and piano, Op. 29 (1997)
String Quartet Op. 32 (1997-1998)
The Moon Sails Out for cello and piano, Op. 42 (2010)
It Rains (arr for cello and piano), Op. 33a (2012)


Rhapsody for organ, Op. 25 (1996)


Sonata (1975) In Memoriam D.S.C.H Op. 1 (revised 1984)
The Stourhead Follies Four Romantic Impressions Op. 4 (1985)
Three Short Pieces Op. 5 (1986)
Impromptu The Rose and the Nightingale Op. 8 (1996)
Portrait of Janis Op. 9 (2000)
Caprice Op. 35 (2001)


O Sing Aloud to God, Anthem for S.A.T.B and organ, Op. 19 (1993)
Awake! Awake, the World is Young, Anthem for chorus, mezzo-soprano, brass, percussion and organ, (with optional strings) Op. 34 (1999)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night, Carol for S.A.T.B and
organ, (2001)


Midnight Lamentation for voice and piano, Op. 6 (1974); words by Harold Monro

for voice and piano, Op. 10 (1991); words by Ivor Gurney

A Kiss
for voice and piano or string quartet, Op. 15 (1992); words by Thomas Hardy

Easter Song
for voice and piano, Op. 16 (1992); words by Edgar Billingham

At the Court of the Poisoned Rose
for voice and piano, Op. 20 (1994); words by Marion Angus

Love's Voice - Four Venetian Songs
, song cycle for tenor and piano, Op. 22 (1995); words by John Addington Symonds
Fortunate Isles
The Passing Stranger
Invitation to the Gondola (also for baritone and piano)
Love's Voice

At Malvern
for voice and piano, Op. 24 (1998); words by John Addington Symonds

Flying Crooked
and At Midnight for voice and piano or string quartet, Op. 28 (1997-1998); words by Robert Graves and Edna St. Vincent Millay

Acton Burnell
for tenor, viola and piano, Op. 30 (1997); words by Rennie Parker

Invite to Eternity
, song cycle for tenor and string quartet, Op. 31 (1997); words by John Clare
Born upon an Angel's Breast
An Invite to Eternity
Evening Bells
I am

Six Songs
for voice and piano, Op. 33 (1999-2003); words by Jennifer Andrews, Edward Thomas, Ernest Dowson, Charles Bennett, Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Theodore Roethke
The Way Through
It Rains
Vitae summa brevis
The November Piano
Break, break, break
The Hippo (also for voice and string quartet)

Songs of Eternity and Sorrow
, song cycle for tenor, string quartet and piano, Op. 36 (2003); words by A. E. Housman
Easter Hymn
When Green Buds Hang
Oh, Who is That Young Sinner
Because I Liked You Better

for soprano and piano, Op. 37 (2004, 2008); words by John Clare and Elizabeth Jennings
Love Lives Beyond

On the Wings of Love
, six songs for tenor, clarinet and piano, Op. 38 (2006); words by Constantine P. Cavafy, Federico García Lorca, Jean de Sponde, Emperor Hadrian, Robert Frost and W. B. Yeats
Ionian Song
The Moon Sails Out
Sonnets of Love, No XI
Animula Vagula, Blandula
When You Are Old

The Pine Boughs Past Music
, song cycle for baritone and piano, Op. 39 (2009); words by Ivor Gurney and Leonard Clark
The Wind
Soft Rain
My Heart Makes Songs on Lonely Roads
In Memoriam - Ivor Gurney

Remember This
, Cantata for soprano, tenor, string quartet, piano Op. 40 (2008-2011); words by Andrew Motion

for baritone or mezzo-soprano and piano, Op. 41 (2011-); words by Philip Larkin, Christopher Scott, William Francis Bourdillon; Galway Kinnell
Cut Grass
Frutta di mare
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
In a Palor Containing a Table

The Song of the Severn
, song cycle for baritone, string quartet and piano, Op. 43 (2013); words by John Masefield, A.E Housman, John Drinkwater and Philip Worner
On Malvern Hill
How clear, how lovely bright
Elgar's Music
Laugh and be merry
The River in December  

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