Orchestral Fantasia by George Butterworth
Butterworth would begin this fantasia for orchestra in 1914, but would be called to service in the first world war before it could be finished. Sadly, the composer would die during the battle of the Somme in in August of 1916 and would never complete this work. Composer Kriss Russman would complete the work nearly 100 years later.
This fantasia is comprised of a single movement.
Two English Idylls for orchestra by George Butterworth
In 1911 British composer George Butterworth completed this pair of Idylls for orchestra based on a collection of English folk songs. The first Idyll includes the songs ‘Dabbling in the dew’, ‘Just as the tide was flowing’ and ‘Henry Martin’. The second Idyll is based on the song ‘The dark-eyed sailor’.
A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody by George Butterworth
English composer George Butterworth adapted eleven of the A.E Housman ‘A Shropshire Lad’ poems to song between 1909 and 1911. In 1911 the composer would combine elements of these songs into a rhapsody for orchestra bearing the name ‘A Shropshire lad Rhapsody’.
The Banks of the Green Willow by George Butterworth
English composer George Butterworth completed this short orchestral work in 1913. It is based on folk songs from the British Isles, in particular that of “The Banks of Green Willow”. Butterworth would die during the Battle of the Somme three years later, sadly depriving the world of the music he still had yet to give.
Herbert Wallace Butterworth also Wally Butterworth and Wallace Butterworth (October 25, 1901 - February 24, 1974) was a radio announcer and publicist for two Ku Klux Klan organizations in the 1960s. He was the publisher of the United Klans of America publication The Fiery Cross.