British Music
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ONE of the main purposes of this website is to raise awareness of the surprising number of outstanding composers of classical music who have lived and worked in the British Isles (including Irish composers prior to independence).

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Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884)
Thomas Arne (1710-1778)

2: Andante un poco mosso

from Symphony No. 3 in G Major (‘Great National Symphony’)

Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
John Playford (1623-1686)
John Playford (1623-1686)

2: [Andante]

from Symphony No. 8 in D Minor

William Herschel (1738-1822)

3. ‘Zadok the Priest’

from Coronation Anthems

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

2: Allegro Molto Vivace

from Symphony No. 3 (‘Irish’)

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Hallelujah Chorus

from Messiah

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Sleepy Body

from 3 Scottish Airs with Variations (from ‘A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick’)

Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)

1. Dusk: Molto moderato

from The Hour Glass, H. 148 (1919-1920)

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

1: Allegro vivace

from Piano Concerto in F major Op. 17

Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812)

2: Allegro molto

from Symphony No. 1

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Act 4: Overture

from The Faerie Queene

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

2: Allegretto Grazioso

from Symphony No. 5 in D major

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Scherzo: Vivace

from Symphony No. 6 in G minor (1832)

Cipriani Potter (1792-1871)

1. Grave/Allegro/Adagio

from Concerto grosso No. 1 after Corelli, in D major

Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)

2. Andante con moto

from Clarinet Concerto in A minor

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948)

‘Have mercy on me’

from Chandos Anthems No. 3 (‘Have mercy on me’)

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
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Music by George Frideric Handel
The first thing George Frideric Handel’s oratorio ‘Messiah’ did was to set a hundred and forty-two prisoners free.
Music by George Frideric Handel
Handel’s anthem sets to glorious music words sung at English coronations for over a thousand years.
The most brilliant violinist of his generation, whose finely-crafted compositions showed off bravura and spoke tenderness.
Handel’s German boss fired the composer for spending all his time in London. When they met again, it was... rather awkward.
Music by John Playford
In England’s brief but dismal experiment as a Republic, Playford saved traditional English dance music from destruction.
By Sir William Sterndale Bennett
In 1837 William Sterndale Bennett, then regarded as England’s most exciting young composer, made history in quite another... field.
Music by Thomas Arne
‘Rule Britannia’ was a discreet way of telling a German prince what was expected of a British King.
Lost for seventeen centuries, caught up in a war, and used as a pedestal for a plant pot, this is the world’s oldest surviving song.
Acclaimed in Germany as a composer on a par with Mendelssohn himself, Bennett sacrificed his life and talents for music in Britain.
By Ethel Smyth
Composer Ethel Smyth buys a new-fangled ladies’ bicycle, and scandalises the neighbours.