Compositions

The Trust is indebted to Michael Hurd for his work in organising Rutland’s compositions by category. These categories are taken from his book ‘Rutland Boughton and the Glastonbury Festivals’ first published in 1993 and since republished by the Trust in 2014. The main update being the inclusion of further photographs of the composer’s life. The Trust hold copies of Michael’s book which can be purchased for further details please see the Discography page.

The Royal College of Music

During 2019 the Trust decided to loan the paper archive of Rutland’s work, which comprises, original hand written musical manuscripts, published copies of his works and photocopies of some of the works, and numerous original press cuttings to the Royal College of Music. As Rutland was a former student of the RCM this was the perfect home for the music.

The RCM Library holds the works as part of their ‘Special Collections’. The works have been carefully curated and are stored professionally for five years (2019-2024). This means that current students and existing staff will be able to use this new material for research purposes. Some of these are available to hire for a fee. 

For all enquiries please contact:
Head Librarian – Peter Linnitt
peter.linnitt@rcm.ac.uk
or +44 (0) 20 7591 4325

The British Library

The British Library holds many of Rutland’s published scores, audio recordings including of Rutland himself, and books. For a complete list please go to the British Library website and search the ‘main catalogue’.

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Music Dramas

Music DramasComposition DateLocation
The Birth of Arthur 1908-9Part of RCM Special collection
The Immortal Hour1912-13Majority held by British Library as a gift made by Joy Boughton in 1963
Bethlehem – Coventry Nativity Play1915Part of RCM Special collection
The Round Table 1915-16Part of RCM Special collection
Alkestis1920-22Part of RCM Special collection
The Queen of Cornwall 1923-24Part of RCM Special collection
The Ever Young1928-29Part of RCM Special collection
The Lily Maid1933-34Part of RCM Special collection
Galahad1943-44Part of RCM Special collection (unperformed)
Avalon1944-45Part of RCM Special collection (unperformed)

Short Dramatic Works

Short Dramatic WorksComposition DateLocation
The Chapel of Lyonesse1904Part of RCM Special Collection
Agincourt1918Part of RCM Special Collection
The Moon Maiden 1918Part of RCM Special Collection
The Seraphic Vision1901Location not known
Incidental Music
Incidental MusicComposition DateLocation
Dante and Beatrice1902Not part of the RCM Special Collection 
The Land of Heart’s Desire 1917Part of RCM Special Collection
Sacrifice 1918Lost 
The Robin the Mouse and the Sausage 1918Lost
Wee Men1920Lost
Everyman1922Lost
The Little Plays of St Francis
(Preludes, Songs, Dances etc, up to 17 plays)
1924-5Part of RCM Special Collection
Passion Play 1933Lost
Isolt 1935Part of RCM Special Collection

Ballets

BalletsComposition DateLocation
Death Dance of Grania1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
Mystic Dance of the Grail1913Not part of the RCM Special Collection 
Snow White1914Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Pandora’s Box 1914Not part of the RCM Special Collection 
The Death of Columbine 1918Part of the RCM Special Collection
May Day 1926Part of the RCM Special Collection

Orchestral Music

Symphonies
SymphoniesComposition DateLocation
Symphony No 1 Oliver Cromwell1904Part of RCM Special Collection 
Symphony No 2 Deidre 1927Part of RCM Special Collection 
Symphony No 3 B Minor       Queen of Cornwall1937Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Symphonic Poems
Symphonic PoemsComposition DateLocation
Lucifer1898Destroyed 
A Summer Night 1899On loan to Hitchin Symphony Orchestra 
Imperial Elegy : Into the Everlasting1901Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Trolius and Cressida (Thou and I)1902Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Love and Spring (A Song in Spring)1906Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Overtures
OverturesComposition DateLocation
School for Scandal1903Part of the RCM Special Collection 
The Round Table 1916Part of the RCM Special Collection 
The Queen of Cornwall1926Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Overture to the Arthurian Cycle 1936Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Concertos
ConcertosComposition DateLocation
Piano Concerto in A flat 1897-8Destroyed 
Concerto for Oboe and Strings No 1 in C1936Not part of the RCM Special Collection
Concerto for Oboe and Strings No 2 in G1936Not part of the RCM Special Collection
Concerto for Flute and Strings (15mins duration)1937Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Concerto for String Orchestra (30mins duration)1937Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra1943Not part of the RCM Special Collection* on loan elsewhere
Concertante for Cello and Orchestra 1955Not part of the RCM Special Collection
Orchestral Music – Miscellaneous
Orchestral Music – MiscellaneousComposition DateLocation
Symphonic Suite ‘The Chilterns’1900Part of RCM Special Collection 
Symphonic March – Britannia  – March of the British 1901Part of RCM Special Collection 
Variations on a theme of Purcell1901Part of RCM Special Collection 
Prelude and Finale, The Birth of Arthur 1910Location not known
Three Folk Dances for Strings 1912Part of RCM Special Collection 
Love Duet, Luring Scene:The Immortal Hour1924Location not known
Three Interludes, The Ever Young1929Location not known
Three Flights for Orchestra1929Part of RCM Special Collection 
Winter Sun, an orchestral Sketch 1933Part of RCM Special Collection 
Four English Pieces for Strings1937Part of RCM Special Collection 
Rondo in Wartime 1940Location not known
Prelude on a Christmas Hymn1941Location not known
Reunion Variations 1945Part of RCM Special Collection 
Suite for Strings ‘Aylesbury Games’ 1952Part of RCM Special Collection 

Chorus and Orchestra

Chorus and OrchestraComposition DateLocation
The Skeleton in Armour1898Location not known
Sir Galahad1898Part of RCM Special Collection 
The Invincible Armada1901Part of RCM Special Collection 
Midnight1907Part of RCM Special Collection 
Song of Liberty1911Part of RCM Special Collection 
Three Festival Choruses –
Song of Our Fathers
Song of Summer
Song of Evening
1911Part of RCM Special Collection 
The Cloud1923Part of RCM Special Collection 
The Pioneers1925Location not known
The Raggle Taggle Gypsies1931Part of RCM Special Collection 
Bridal Chorus for Antonia White1932Location not known
Prelude and Fugue ‘God is our Strength’ 1941Location not known

Chamber Music

Chamber MusicComposition DateLocation
Japanese Suite for Piano 1893Location not known
Hungerian Fantasy, piano duet 1894Location not known
Sentry’s march (piano solo) 1895Location not known
Gaelic Romance (string quartet) 1912?Lost
Celtic Prelude, Violin, Cello, Piano1917Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Variations on a Ground, (Violin, Piano)1917Location not known
Dorian Study for String Quartet1920Lost
Sonata for violin and Piano1921Part of the RCM Special Collection 
String Quartet No 1 in A major – The Greek1923Part of the RCM Special Collection 
String Quartet No2 in F major – From the Welsh Hills 1923Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Trio for Flute Oboe and Piano1925Location not known
Suite: ‘A Tale, A Game, a Trouble and a Romp’ Piano1926Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Quartet for Oboe and Strings No 1 1932Location not known
Winter Sun Violin and Piano 1933Part of the RCM Special Collection 
Two pieces for Oboe and Strings – Somerset Pastoral and The Passing of the Faery1937Location not known
Three Songs without words (Oboe Quartet) – Whence!, Faery Flout, Barcarolle1937Location not known
String Trio 1944Location not known
Quartet for Oboe and Strings No 21945Location not known
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano1948Location not known
Sonata for Cello and Piano1948Location not known
Kilcoteri 1 and 2 Cello and Piano 1955Location not known

Part Songs

Choral Variations 1st Set
Choral Variations 1st SetComposition DateLocation
1. The Barkshire Tragedy 1905Part of RCM Special Collection
2. King Arthur had three songs1905Part of RCM Special Collection
Choral Variations 2nd Set
Choral Variations 2nd SetComposition DateLocation
1. William and Margaret 1905Part of RCM Special Collection
2. Widdicombe Fair 1905Part of RCM Special Collection
Sunset 1906Part of RCM Special Collection
The Devon Maid 1906Location not known
In Arcadia 1906Part of RCM Special Collection
Choral Variation: Young Henchard1907Part of RCM Special Collection
Meg Merrilees1908Part of RCM Special Collection
Choral Variations 3rd Set
Choral Variations 3rd SetComposition DateLocation
1. Men of Harlech1909Part of RCM Special Collection
2. The Black Monk1909Part of RCM Special Collection
The City (Motet) 1909Part of RCM Special Collection
The Wind1909Location not known
Two Folksongs
Two FolksongsComposition DateLocation
Early One Morning 1910Part of RCM Special Collection
Bronwen 1910Part of RCM Special Collection
Six Spiritual Songs
Six Spiritual SongsComposition DateLocation
1. A Prayer1910Part of RCM Special Collection
2. St Bride’s Milking Song1910Part of RCM Special Collection
3. St. Bride’s Cradle Song1910Part of RCM Special Collection
4. The Bird of Christ1910Part of RCM Special Collection
5. Song Of Easter1910Part of RCM Special Collection
6. The Kingdom of Heaven 1910Part of RCM Special Collection
Five Choruses The Immortal Hour
Five Choruses The Immortal HourComposition DateLocation
1. Faery Song1914Part of RCM Special Collection
2. Druid’s Chorus1914Part of RCM Special Collection
3.The Bells of Youth1914Part of RCM Special Collection
4. Warrior’s chorus1914Part of RCM Special Collection
5. Green Fire of Life1914Part of RCM Special Collection
Six Celtic Choruses
Six Celtic ChorusesComposition DateLocation
1. Dalua1914Location not known
2.Avalon1914Part of RCM Special Collection
3. A Sea Rune1914Part of RCM Special Collection
4. A Celtic Lullaby1914Part of RCM Special Collection
5. Niahm1914Part of RCM Special Collection
6. Angus the Lover 1914Part of RCM Special Collection
Five Part Songs
Five Part SongsComposition DateLocation
1. Early Morn 1914Part of RCM Special Collection
2. Pan 1914Part of RCM Special Collection
3. Spring1914Part of RCM Special Collection
4. Lady of May1914Part of RCM Special Collection
5. Little Billee1914Part of RCM Special Collection
Four Part Songs
Four Part SongsComposition DateLocation
1. Prospice1924Part of RCM Special Collection
2. Contentment1924Part of RCM Special Collection
3. The Blacksmith 1924Part of RCM Special Collection
4. Quick March 1924Part of RCM Special Collection
The Dreamers1924Location not known
Playing Shepherds1924Location not known
Song of Graves 1926Part of RCM Special Collection
Child of Earth
Child of EarthComposition DateLocation
1. Earth’s Fosterling1927Location not known
2. The Retun 1927Location not known
3. The Cage1927Location not known
4. The Storm 1927Location not known
5. The Sword1927Location not known
6. Insecurity 1927Location not known
Burglar Bill 1927Part of RCM Special Collection
Carol – I sing the birth1928Location not known
Three Part Songs
Three Part SongsComposition DateLocation
1. The Tyger1928Location not known
2. The Gentle Heart1928Part of RCM Special Collection
3. The Donkey1928Part of RCM Special Collection
Song of War 1930Location not known
The Day of Days1930Location not known
The Dance at Parson’s Green 1931Part of RCM Special Collection 

Songs

For Piano & Voice unless otherwise stated
For Piano & Voice unless otherwise statedComposition DateLocation
Passing Joys1893Not known
Thou and I 1895Not known
The Midnight Wind1895Not known
The Fox1896Not known
Song Cycle: The Passing Year (12 Seasonal Songs)1896Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Lark 1898Lost
Lament of Ethleun1900Lost
Songs of the English (Piano or Orchestral)
Songs of the English (Piano or Orchestral)Composition DateLocation
1. Fair is our lot1901Part of the RCM Special Collection
2.  The Coastwise lights1901Part of the RCM Special Collection
3. Song of the Dead1901Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. The Prince of the Admiralty1901Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. The Deep Sea- Cables1901Part of the RCM Special Collection
6. Song of the Sons 1901Part of the RCM Special Collection
Four Faery Songs
Four Faery SongsComposition DateLocation
1. Shed no tear1901Location not known 
2. Ah, Woe is me1901Location not known 
3. Unfelt, unheard, unseen1901Location not known 
4. The Witching Hour1901Location not known 
May and Death1902Location not known
Three Baby Songs
Three Baby SongsComposition DateLocation
1. In a garden1902Location not known
2. A cycle of Roundals1902Location not known
3. Baby-Bird 1902Location not known
Go Little Lay1902Location not known
Six Songs of Manhood
Six Songs of ManhoodComposition DateLocation
1. The Great Grey Mother1903Location not known
2. Sea Grave1903Location not known
3. Song of the Labourer1903Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. The Love of Comrades1903Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. In prison 1903Part of the RCM Special Collection
6. Man and Men 1903Location not known
Four Songs
Four SongsComposition DateLocation
1. To Freedom1907Location not known
2. The Dead Christ1907Location not known
3. Fly Messanger1907Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. Standing beyond Time 1907Part of the RCM Special Collection
Rhapsody (contralto, Baritone, Piano and Strings)1908Lost
Sweet Evenings 1908Location not known
Joy is Fleet1908Location not known
A Sight in Camp1908Location not known
Five Celtic Songs (piano or strings)
Five Celtic Songs (piano or strings)Composition DateLocation
1. Green Branches1910Part of the RCM Special Collection
2. Daughter of the Sun1910Part of the RCM Special Collection
3. Tragic Lullaby1910Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. Shule Agrah1910Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. My Grief1910Part of the RCM Special Collection
Songs of Womanhood
Songs of WomanhoodComposition DateLocation
1. Prayer to Isis1911Part of the RCM Special Collection
2. A Woman to her lover1911Part of the RCM Special Collection
3. A Song of Giving 1911Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. A song Of Taking 1911Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. Woman’s Song of Creation1911Part of the RCM Special Collection
Songs of Childhood
Songs of ChildhoodComposition DateLocation
1. The Blossom1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
2. Infant Joy1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
3. Spring1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. Little Boy Lost1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. Little Boy Found1912Location not known
6. The Lamb1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
Two Duets
Two DuetsComposition DateLocation
1. Piper’s Song1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
2 Holy Thursday1912Part of the RCM Special Collection
Two Songs
Two SongsComposition DateLocation
1. At Grafton 1913Part of the RCM Special Collection
2. The Feckenham Men 1913Part of the RCM Special Collection
Three Songs
Three SongsComposition DateLocation
1. The Triumph of Civilisation1914Location not known
2. The Lake of Beauty 1914Part of the RCM Special Collection
3. Child of the lonely Heart1914Part of the RCM Special Collection
Songs from The Immortal Hour
Songs from The Immortal HourComposition DateLocation
The Old Bard’s Song1914Location not known
Song of Creation1914Location not known
Great Lords of Shadow1914Location not known
Faery Song1914Location not known
Luring Song1914Location not known
Immanence1914Location not known
A Newe Year (Bethlehem) 1915Location not known
Hangman’s Song1916Lost
Into the Twilight1917Location not known
The Wind1917Location not known
Two Folksong Duets – ‘The Bailiff’s Daughter’ & ‘Come Lassies and Lads’1918Location not known
Apollo1919Part of the RCM Special Collection
Symbol Songs (Piano of Strings)
Symbol Songs (Piano of Strings)Composition DateLocation
1. Mother Mary1920Part of the RCM Special Collection
2.Honeysuckle1920Part of the RCM Special Collection
3.Blue in the Woods1920Part of the RCM Special Collection
4.Fierce Love Song1920Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. The New Madonna1920Part of the RCM Special Collection
Sister Rain1922Part of the RCM Special Collection
Four Everyman Songs
Four Everyman SongsComposition DateLocation
1. Dance of Death1922Location not known
2. Inconstancy1922Location not known
3. Angel’s Song1922Location not known
4. Soul Rest1922Location not known
Holiness1923Part of the RCM Special Collection
Foam Song1923Location not known
Three Hardy Songs (Piano or Orchestra)
Three Hardy Songs (Piano or Orchestra)Composition DateLocation
1. Song of Lyonesse 1924Location not known
2. Evensong 1924Location not known
3. Foreboding 1924Location not known
Sweet Ass1928Location not known
Maiden’s Song1928Part of the RCM Special Collection
Two Duets of Soprano and Contralto
Two Duets of Soprano and ContraltoComposition DateLocation
1. Clouds1928Part of the RCM Special Collection
2. The Green Tent1928Part of the RCM Special Collection
Song of Cyder1930Part of the RCM Special Collection
Morning Song1930Part of the RCM Special Collection
Five Songs (Piano and Strings)
Five Songs (Piano and Strings)Composition DateLocation
1. God1931Part of the RCM Special Collection
2. The Captive1931Part of the RCM Special Collection
3. Pedlar’s Song1931Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. The Traitor1931Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. Treasures 1931Part of the RCM Special Collection
Eros1931Location not known
The Chester Carol1933Part of the RCM Special Collection
Lorna’s Song1934Location not known
Aylesbury Grammar School Song1938Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Faery People1940Location not known
The Street 1940Location not known
Five Songs (Piano and Violin)
Five Songs (Piano and Violin)Composition DateLocation
1. Sunset1944Part of the RCM Special Collection
2. The Emigrant1944Part of the RCM Special Collection
3. Alone1944Part of the RCM Special Collection
4. By the Blackthorn1944Part of the RCM Special Collection
5. Laugh and be Merry 1944Part of the RCM Special Collection
Clown’s Conge 1948Part of the RCM Special Collection
Antibombastical Shanty1948Part of the RCM Special Collection

Uncatalogued Music

Uncatalogued MusicComposition DateLocation
God is Our Hope and Strength 1941Part of the RCM Special Collection
Fugue in G for Organ c1900Part of the RCM Special Collection
Chorale- PurcellUndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
Sweet & Merry Month of May 1914-1924Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Neighbours (Purcell) UndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
Three Games round a little tuneUndated Part of the RCM Special Collection
The International UndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
An Early English Hymn 1927Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Great Hallelujah 1928Part of the RCM Special Collection
May – Poem by John Drinkwater UndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
Is there happiness? Poem by Antonia Bevan Williams from Isolt 1935Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Birth of Song – verses by Antonia Bevan Williams from Isolt 1935Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Birth Song – words by Antonia Bevan Williams. Arrangement for Harp & String Quartet1935Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Crystal Isle – a poetic drama by John O’hartes, incidental music by RB. UndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
Odin’s Sea Ride Undated Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Spectre Army – Song by Loewe Undated Part of the RCM Special Collection
Ground – Purcell Undated Part of the RCM Special Collection
The Libertine (Nymphs & Shepherds) Purcell Undated Part of the RCM Special Collection
Devil’s scene from The Libertine UndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
O have you blessed behind the stars – poem by  W Hurley.
Music by E Prosser & orchestrated by RB
Undated Part of the RCM Special Collection
Minuet – Hayes Undated Part of the RCM Special Collection
Schubert something for String Quartet by RBUndated Part of the RCM Special Collection
Sonata for Cello & Piano- Charles ProctorUndated Part of the RCM Special Collection
Rosa Solis – Giles FarnabyUndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
The Primrose – Martin PeersonUndatedPart of the RCM Special Collection
Cupid and Death – a masque by J Shirley published in 1653. Music by Matthew Locke and Christopher Gibbons. Piano arranged by RB1919Part of the RCM Special Collection