Parry: An English Suite

January 12, 2019

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet (27 February 1848 – 7 October 1918) was an English composer, teacher and historian of music.

Parry's first major works appeared in 1880. As a composer he is best known for the choral song "Jerusalem", his 1902 setting for the coronation anthem "I was glad", the choral and orchestral ode Blest Pair of Sirens, and the hymn tune "Repton", which sets the words "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind". His orchestral works include five symphonies and a set of Symphonic Variations

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..........Most of the set of movements for string orchestra published as An English Suite was composed during 1914, but the work was left unfinished at Parry's death in 1918. Emily Daymond, Parry's amanuensis during the last few years of his life, chose the order of the seven movements after his death and named two of them "Caprice" and "Frolic" that were originally left untitled. There is no real connection between the movements and so it lacks cohesion as a finished work. Some of the movements Daymond gathered date from the preliminary work Parry did for the Lady Radnor Suite in the 1890s. As individual entities, then, the work represents a sort of compendium of Parry's mature style and many of the movements are masterful examples of Parry at his best. The "Minuet" movement is particularly charming because of its simple, melodic grace....

 

I have arranged 5 of the movements for wind quintet.

My arrangements of Parry’s Suites are available here.

 

 

 

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