Cecil Forsyth

Cecil Forsyth Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    30th November 1870
  • Died
    7th December 1941
  • Birthplace
    Greenwich, England

Cecil Forsyth was an English composer and musicologist. He studied at Edinburgh University and at the Royal College of Music (with Charles Villiers Stanford and Hubert Parry), and played viola in various London Orchestras. His compositions include the Viola Concerto in G minor (which premiered at the Proms in 1903 with Émile Férir as soloist), the operas Westward Ho! and Cinderella, the "choral ballad" Tinker, Tailor, and a piece for viola and piano called Chanson celtique. His books about music include Music and Nationalism: A Study of English Opera (1911), Choral Orchestration (1920), A History of Music (1916—with Stanford), and A Digest of Music History(1923). Forsyth is arguably best known for his Orchestration, originally published in 1914 and revised in 1935. Dover published a reprint of this revision in 1983 with a new foreword by composer William Bolcom, who lauds especially its insight into instrumental culture and its wit. Conductor Adrian Boult recounts in Adrian Boult on Music how Forsyth advised Ralph Vaughan Williams about the orchestration of the latter's A London Symphony.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
In Old Japan Ballade Voice(s) and Piano
Choral Orchestration Books Orchestra
Orchestration Books N/A
Lady Anne Chorale Voice(s) and Piano
Mr. Alphabet's Holiday Chorale Choir and Instrument
Twilight Night Chorale Choir
Viola Concerto in G minor Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
A Masque Song Voice(s) and Piano
Bring Her Again, O Western Wind Song Voice(s) and Piano
Broken Threads Song Voice(s) and Piano
God's Acre Song Voice(s) and Piano
Oh, Red is the English Rose Song Voice(s) and Piano
Remember Song Voice(s) and Piano
Tell Me Not of a Lovely Lass Song Voice(s) and Piano
The Bell-Man Song Voice(s) and Piano
The Return Song Voice(s) and Piano
The Watcher Song Voice(s) and Piano
Chanson Celtique Symphonic Pieces Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Variations from the Nursery Rhyme 'Old King Cole' Theme and Variations Choir and Instrument