John Sykes

Catalogue of his music

The manuscripts of these works are held in the John Sykes Archive, Kingswood School, Bath, BA1 5RG

Links are provided to those works which have been transcribed, to save searching for them on the music page.

ORCHESTRAL

1.1       Suite in Old Style: for strings

1.2       Caprice for piano and strings      Open PDF

1.3       Eight pieces for small orchestra      Open PDF 

1.4       Symphony in D (Berkeley Square)

1.5       Piano Concerto in C

1.6       Overture 'As You Like It' (incomplete)

1.7       Canzona for solo violin and small orchestra - April 1960

1.8       Nursery Tune/March/Tarantella (piano score only)

  

CHOIR & ORCHESTRA

 2.1       Te Deum - for baritone soloist, choir and orchestra  Open PDF  

 

CHAMBER MUSIC

3.1       'Cello Sonata in B minor - 1928       Open PDF

3.2       Phantasy for 'cello and piano (piano part only)

3.3       Sonata in G minor for 'cello and piano       Open PDF

3.4       Sonata in F# minor for violin and piano      Open PDF

3.5       Theme and variations for string quartet       Open PDF 

3.6       The Strolling Piper (recorder and strings) - April 1960      Open PDF

3.7       Caprice for four flutes       Open PDF

3.8       Pastorale for 2 flutes and clarinet (2nd flute part only)

 

PIANO SOLO (& virginals)

4.1       Scherzo in Bb minor - Sept 18, 1925

4.2       Prelude (?C minor) - October 1932

4.3       Cavalcade (Ebmajor) - Oct/Nov 1932 [= Toccata, 4.6 below]

4.4       Promenade (C major) - December 1932      Open PDF

4.5       A Fancy for Piano - December 1932      Open PDF

4.6       Toccata for piano        Open PDF

4.7       Prelude in D major - 1938      Open PDF

4.8       Prelude in C major - August 1938      Open PDF

4.9       Chaconne (C minor) - September 1938     Open PDF 

4.10     Homage to Moussorgsky (D minor) - January 1940     Open PDF 

4.11     Rhapsody in F# minor (to Arnold  Rattenbury) - July 1940    Open PDF

4.12     Six Bagatelles for virginals - April 1950      Open PDF  

4.13     Daddy Long Legs (Miniature March) - July 1952      Open PDF

4.14     Cadenza for Mozart piano concerto K491

4.15     The Keel Row (A Diversion for Piano)  - 1938       Open PDF

4.16     Theme and Variations in G minor (to Arnold Rattenbury) - January 1941     Open PDF 

4.17     Pastorale (for Geraldine Peppin)

4.18     Waltz in F# minor - Sept. 1930      Open PDF

4.19     Paean (from 'Adventure Story')      Open PDF

4.20     Polonaise (5.7 recreated. for piano solo)      Open PDF 

PIANO DUET

4.19     Five Waltzes for Geraldine & Mary Peppin (Aug. 1939) [missing part of last waltz]   Open PDF

 

TWO PIANOS

5.1       Siegfried Idyll (arranged from Wagner)

5.2       Postlude [= 24.5?]

5.3       Duo Concertante in D major [ = incomplete version of 5.4, 1st movt. with different ending]

5.4       Suite for two pianos - Summer 1933     Open PDF

5.5       Divertimento (first 2 movts = Suite 5.4)

5.6       Donkey Riding - seven diversions  -  August 1938      Open PDF

5.7       Polonaise (Assyrian Festive Dance from 'Jonah and the Whale') - 1952   Open PDF

 

ORGAN MUSIC

6.1       Choral Prelude "St Francis" (incomplete)

6.2       Rhapsody for Organ - January 1932      Open PDF

6.3       Prelude for Organ (Bb minor) - January 1937      Open PDF

6.4       Passacaglia in F# minor - Aug/Sept 1937      Open PDF

6.5       Prelude for Organ - Massa's in de Cold, Cold Ground - Feb. 1940      Open PDF

6.6       Prelude in D minor

 

CHORAL MUSIC (Secular)

7.0        Booklet: Nine Choral Settings - marked with an asterisk below:     Open PDF

7.1      * Caller Herrin'  (SATB unacc.)

7.2      * Blue Bells of Scotland (SATB ?unacc.)

7.3       When Daisies Pied (SATB unacc.)

7.4       When Icicles Hang by the Wall (SATB ?unacc.)

7.5       The Owl  (SATB unacc.)

7.6       To The Muses (TTBB unacc.)        Open PDF

7.7       I love the Jocund Dance (TTBB unacc.)        Open PDF

7.8       The Tyger (TB + piano)     [arr. from 11.10 in 'Songs']          Open PDF

7.9      * The Sea Ritual (SATB unacc.) - April 1940

7.10    * Orpheus with his Lute (SATB unacc.) - May 1947

7.11     *I Wander'd Lonely as a Cloud (SATB unacc.) - April 1950

7.12     *Bobby Shaftoe (SATB unacc.)  - April 1951

7.13     *Fear No More the Heat of the Sun (SATB + piano) - April 1951

7.14     *Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind (SATB + piano) - April 1951

7.15     *Full Fathom Five (SSAATTBB unacc.) - April 1951

 

CHORAL MUSIC (Church)

Carols

8.1       Adam lay Y-bounden (Solo voice + piano)

8.2       A Virgin Most Pure (SATB unacc.)

8.3       Ding Dong Merrily (SATB unacc.)       Open PDF

8.4       Let Christians All  (SATB unacc.)        Open PDF

8.5       The New Christmas Carol (SATB unacc.)        Open PDF

8.6       Let Joy Your Carols Fill (SATB unacc.)        Open PDF

8.7       All Bells in Paradise (SATB unacc.)        Open PDF

8.8       The Saviour's Work  (SATB unacc.)        Open PDF

8.9       What Child is This (Greensleeves) (SATB unacc.)     Open PDF

8.10     Child of the World (SATB unacc.) - Xmas 1956 [published by OUP]

8.11     Adam Lay Y-bounden (treble + alto + piano) - April 1960

8.12      Rejoice and be Merry (SATB unacc.)

 

Anthems

9.1       Hast Thou Not Known? (SATB + organ) - composed for Kingswood School Bicentenary Service, June 1948      Open PDF

9.2       Psalm CL (D major) (2vv + organ)  - August 1949

9.3       Psalm CL (Bb major) (SATB + organ) - May/June 1951      Open PDF

9.4       Lift up your Hearts (SATB + organ)      Open PDF 

9.5       Praise (George Herbert) (SATB + organ)      Open PDF

9.6       Easter (George Herbert) (TTBB unacc.)      Open PDF

9.7       A "Litanie" (John Donne) (double SATB unacc.)      Open PDF

9.8       Whoso Eateth My Flesh (TTBB + organ)

9.9       Psalm XXIII (voice + 2 flutes + organ)

9.10     Inca Hymn (male voices + organ)

9.11     The Lord is my Shepherd (baritone + organ)      Open PDF

 

Chants & Hymns

10.1     Hymn tune 'Balliol' - December 1928

10.2     Hymn tune 'Out of the Depths I Cry' (1)

10.3     Hymn tune 'Out of the Depths I Cry' (2)

10.4     Hymn tune 'To Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love'  - April 1937

10.5     Hymn tune 'Zeal of Thy House' (for 'Disposer Supreme')      Open PDF

10.6     Benedicite (1)

10.7     Benedicite (2)      Open PDF

10.8     Gloria  - August 1949

10.9     Gird on thy Sword (Bridges)

 

SONGS

11. 1-20        Songs of Experience (Blake) [20 songs]      Open PDF

12. 1-16        Songs of Innocence (Blake) - 1935/6 [16 songs]      Open PDF

13.1     Great God of Love (Pearsall) - December 1935

13.2     Andy Battle (W. de la Mare) - April 1937

13.3     Ship of Rio (W. de la Mare) - April 1937

13.4     Song of the Seven Wonders - April 1937

13.5     Bring us Good Ale (trad. -  April 1937

13.6     Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (anon.) - April 1937

13.7     War Song of Dinas Vawr (Peacock) - April 1937

13.8     Paripace and Paripale (Robin Flower) - May 1937

13.9     I Greet my Love  - April 1938                Open PDF

13.10   Jerusalem (unison song) - January 1939       Open PDF

13.11   The Lord is my Shepherd (baritone + organ) - March 1941

13.12-14    Three settings of poems by Francis Byrne:    Open PDF

    13.12   Sweetheart (Francis Byrne) - February 1943

    13.13   For I'll Ne'er Hang (Francis Byrne) - February 1943

    13.14   Old Dublin Bay (Francis Byrne) - February 1943

13.15   Song for the Wandering Jew (Wordsworth) - April 1950

13.16   Fair County of Kent (H.G.Arnold) - August 1952

13.17   New Year Song (Randall Swingler) - December 31, 1956

13.18   Easter Song (Randall Swingler) - April 1957

13.19   Jean with her Golden Grace (Randall Swingler) - August 1957 ['Homage to Dowland']      Open PDF for 'Homage to Dowland'

13.20a   To a Dahlia (Randall Swingler) - 1st setting - August 1957 ['Homage to Dowland']

13.20b   To a Dahlia (Randall Swingler) - 2nd setting - August 1958 ['Homage to Dowland']

13.21a   The Jealous Lover (Randall Swingler) - 1st setting - August 1957 ['Homage to Dowland']

13.21b   The Jealous Lover (Randall Swingler) - 2nd setting - August 1958 ['Homage to Dowland']

13.22     My Mistress Played (Randall Swingler) - April 1957 ['Homage to Dowland']

13.23-25   Three Traditional Scottish Songs - arr. John Sykes

 

CHORAL SUITES

14.1     The Planets, for male voice choir, piano and percussion - April 1954     Open PDF

14.2     The Ballad of Cinderella, for male voice choir, piano and percussion        Open PDF

 

INCIDENTAL MUSIC FOR PLAYS

The Zeal of Thy House (June 1940)

15.1     Hymn [= 10.5]

15.2     'Plainsongs':

      Faithful Cross
                  Quanta Qualia
                  Plebs Angelica
                  O Lux Beata  Trinitas
                  Quantus Tremor

Julius Caesar (1946)

16.1     Introduction to Act 1

16.2     Interlude, Act 2

16.3     Threnody Conclusion

16.4     Song of Lucius

The Knight of the Burning Pestle (March 1947)

17.1     Introduction Act 1

17.2     Before Act 2

17.3     Duet: Tell me dearest

17.4     Luce's song

17.5     Epilogue Act 5

17.6     Song: Better Music ne'er was Known         Open PDF (2 pages)

Arms and the Man (March 1948)

18.1     Intro: March    Open PDF

18.2     Polka        Open PDF

A New Way to Pay Old Debts (March 1949)

19.1     March

19.2     Pavane

19.3     Galliard

19.4     Rigadoon

19.5     Ayre

19.6     Jigge

Gallows Glorious (December 1949)

20.1     March

20.2     Rag on Polly-Wolly-Doodle

20.3     Intermezzo: Go Down Moses

20.4     Tell me Where is Fancy Bred

Ten Little Niggers (March 1950)

21.1     Prelude

21.2     Entr'acte 1

21.2     Entr'acte 20 - 10 variations

21.3     Round Dance

Noah (November 1950)

22.1     Prelude      Open PDF (full score)

22.2     Barcarolle      Open PDF (full score)

22.3     Ronde des Animaux      Open PDF (full score)     Open PDF (piano version)

22.4     Intermezzo      Open PDF (full score)       Open PDF (piano version)

22.5     Pastorale      Open PDF (full score)

22.6     Epilogue: Hymn to the Sun     Open PDF (full score)     Open PDF (piano version)

Henry IV part 2 (May 1951)

23.1     Overture      Open PDF (full score)      Open PDF (piano version)

23.2     Court Tune       Open PDF (full score)      Open PDF (piano version)

23.3     Country Tune        Open PDF (Full score)     Open PDF (piano version)

23.4     Sir John Falstaff's Bergomask      Open PDF (full score)      Open PDF (piano version)

23.5     Galliard and Hornpipe for 2 recorders and violin       Open PDF (full score)

Adventure Story (November 1951)

24.1     Threnody      Open PDF 

24.2     Invocation to Apollo

24.3     Paean [=  4.19]      Open PDF

24.4     Lament

24.5     Postlude

Berkeley Square (March 1952) [= Symphony in D]

25.1     Overture

25.2     Romanza

25.3     Minuet and Trio

25.4     Turkish Rondo

Jonah and the Whale (November 1952)

26        Polonaise  [= 5.7] (Remaining pieces lost)

 The Comedy of Errors (November 1953)

27.1     March and Air

27.2     Intermezzo

27.3     March in D

27.4     Interlude

27.5     Carillon

Macbeth (March 1954)

28        Only percussion parts survive

The Rivals (November 1954)

29.1     Prelude

29.2     Promenade

29.3     Minuet and Trio

29.4     Galopade

Thunder Rock (March 1956)

30.1     Prelude and Passacaglia

30.2     Austrian Waltz

30.3     Mood Magenta (Blues)

30.4     Postlude: alla Marcia

She Stoops to Conquer (November 1956)

31        No music survives

Tobias and the Angel (November 1959)

32.1     March

32.2     Musetta

32.3     Intermezzo

Henry IV, Pirandello (March 1961)

33        Only brass and bass parts survive

The Government Inspector (March 1962)

34        Only piano and percussion parts survive.

Otho the Great

35        No music survives

 

 MUSICAL PLAYS

36.1     Alec and the Mad Tea Party (May 1950) - music lost

36.2     Christopher Columbus (March 1953)      Open PDF

36.3     When Adam Delved (March 1954)

36.4     Theseus and the Minotaur (1955)

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