2nd May 1857
19th November 1931
Lowmoor, Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Frederic Cliffe was an English composer.
Cliffe had a short career as a composer from 1889 to 1905. His principal works were two Symphonies, the first of which was produced at The Crystal Palace in 1889, and subsequently performed at a Philharmonic concert, being well received on each occasion, with The Daily Telegraph hailing it as "a masterpiece". Although not overtly programmatic, its first movement was influenced by a visit to Norway by Cliffe. It was published by Novello. His Second Symphony had its first performance at the Leeds Festivalin 1892. Cliffe gave titles to each of its movements: I. At Sunset. II. Night. III. Fairy Revels. IV. Morning. It has been edited (2010) by Lionel Harrison and published by Patrick Meadows.
His 'scena', The Triumph of Alcestis, for contralto voice and orchestra, was composed for Clara Butt.
After that seventeen-year period of composing substantial works, he had no record of further major composition and his works received few subsequent performances during his lifetime.
The Symphony No. 1 in C minor and his tone poem 'Cloud and Sunshine' have been recorded (Sterling CDS-1055-2 (2003)) by the Malmö Opera Orchestra conducted by Christopher Fifield.
His Violin Concerto in D minor was edited in 2007 by Christopher Fifield and published by Patrick Meadows, and has now been recorded by Philippe Graffin on Hyperion(CDA67838) with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by David Lloyd-Jones.