Musical Synopsis

Here follows a breakdown of the composition into its 180 numbers:

3 parts – The Poet, Tyrants, The Prophet – and 5 separate oratorios with suggested interval positioning.

Helm Cragg

For each number the title has been given, together with the textual line reference from Wordsworth’s poetry, whether the piece is an aria or recitative etc, for which singer or section of the choir it has been written, and whether there are any orchestral ‘extras’ within the number; Smith had a variety of names for these extras eg a Prologue might also be called a Prelude, Introit or even Intrada!

‘The Poet’: Part 1
‘The Poet’: Part 2
‘Tyrants’: Part 1
Tyrants’: Part 2
'The Prophet’

 

 


1st Oratorio

The Poet’: Part 1 (op. 98)

Composition begun in October, 1996

No.

Title Source Setting

1

Dear Native Regions From ‘Composed in Anticipation of Leaving School’ by the 16 year old Wordsworth William (boy or girl soprano) with piano accompaniment

2

Prologue   Orchestra

3

Oh there is a blessing in this gentle breeze Book One of ‘The Prelude’ lines 1- 6 Chorus

4

I long had pined ... the earth is all before me

1: 6 – 140 – Recit. (William) / Aria (Dorothy)

5

Interlude   Orchestra

6

Whither shall I turn? 1: 27 - 30 Arioso (Dorothy) / Semi Chorus

7

Days of sweet leisure 1: 43 - 45 Chorus

8

But oh, dear friend! 1: 134 – 136 Arioso (Dorothy) / Epilogue

9

Along the margin of our terrace walk 1:284 - 300 Aria (Dorothy) / Semi Chorus (Women) / Epilogue

10

Fair seed time had my soul 1: 301 – 325 Recit. (William) / Basses

11

When Spring had warmed the cultured vale 1: 326 - 339 Chorus / William / Dorothy

12

Dust as we were 1: 340 -356 Dorothy/Chorus

13

Elfin Pinnace 1:256 – 399 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)

14

Wisdom and spirit of the universe 1: 401- 405 Chorus/ Choral soli / William / Dorothy

15

Diurnal Round 1: 424- 462 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)

16

Ye presences of Nature 1: 464 – 478 William / Chorus

17

The woods of autumn and their hazel bowers 1: 478 – 497 Double Aria (William and Dorothy) / Choral interjection

18

Yes I remember when the changeful earth 1: 558 – 565 Double Recit. (William /Dorothy)

19

Ere the breath of spring 1: 621 -634 Aria (William) / Intro & Coda (Dorothy)

20

Through later years 1: 635 – 638 / 1: 644- 645 Recit. (William)

21

Rival Oars Book Two of ‘The Prelude’: 47 - 68 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)

22

Thus the pride of strength 2: 68 – 77 Recit. (William)

23

Sequestered Valley 2: 101 – 131 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)

24

Oh ye rocks and streams 2: 131 – 137 Aria (William and Dorothy) / Chorus /Sopranos - Solo Quartet

25

Even with a weight of pleasure 2:169 – 188 Recit. (William) / Aria (Dorothy)

26

Even as a seed 2: 203 – 210/ 460 – 471 Chorus incl. 4 soli / Coda

SUGGESTED INTERVAL

No.

Title Source Setting
27

It was a dreary morning

Book Three of ‘The Prelude’: 1- 6 Recit.(William)
28 God who sees the heart 3:105- 143 Multiple Aria ( soli quintet from choir)
29 And here, O Friend! 3: 167 – 180 / 190 – 193 Recit. (William) / How awful is the might of souls / For there’s not a man (Chorus)
30 Toil and pain in this recess 3: 378 – 391 Arioso (William)
31 In vain for such solemnity I looked 3: 435 – 446 Recit. (William)
32 We see but darkly 3: 479 – 483 Chorus / Dorothy
33 Carelessly we roamed (3: 613 – 628 Chorus / William
34 Thus in submissive idleness 3: 629 – 632) Recit (William)
35 Thus, musing, in a wood I sate me down 3: 177 – 190 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)
36 Bright was the summer’s morn Book Four of ‘The Prelude’: 1 – 11 Arioso (Dorothy)
37 What joy was mine 4: 40 – 43 Arioso (William)
38 She guided me 4: 65 – 66 Recit.(William)
39 She rocked with every impulse of the breeze 4: 85 – 92 Aria (William)
40 Some lovely image 4: 113 – 114 Recit. (Dorothy)
41 But as a face we love is sweetest then 4: 146 – 149 Aria (Dorothy)
42

Eastern sky

4: 308 – 332 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)

Grange Fell

 

 

End of ‘The Poet’: Part I (op.98)

End of 1st Oratorio

composition completed on 11th July, 1998

 

 

 

 

2nd Oratorio

The Poet’: Part 2 (op. 99)

No.

Title Source Setting
43 To the brim my heart was full 4: 333 – 338 Recit (William) / Introduction & Coda
44 When from our better selves 4:354- 370 Multiple Arioso (William/Dorothy/ 3 Choral soli / Prologue . Interludes & Epilogue
45 My trust is in the God of Heaven (4: 459 – 460 Recit. (Dorothy) / Cadenza (Clarinet)/ Cadenza (Flute)
46 When contemplation like the night Book Five of ‘The Prelude’: (1 – 11) Chorus
47 He seemed an Arab of the Bedouin tribe (5: 71 – 98 Double Recit. (William/ Dorothy) / Chorus/ incl. Introduction, Intermezzos & Coda
48 In the blind and awful lair 5: 151 - 155 Arioso (Dorothy)/ incl Romanzas & Interlude
49 Yet wherefore speak 5: 183 – 191 Chorus (Women) / incl. Introduction
50 For what we are 5: 210 – 222 Chorus (Men) + Dorothy / incl. Prologue
51 Oh! Where had been the man 5: 224 – 245) Duo Recit. (William/Dorothy) / incl. Prologue & Epilogue
52 Behold the parent hen amid her brood 5: 246 – 256

Aria (Dorothy) / incl. Preamble & Postlude

53 There was a boy 5: 364 -388 Aria (William) / incl Lament & Interludes (incl. Mountain Torrent) & Epilogue
54 Esthwaite Lake 5: 426 – 459 Symphonic Sketch (String Orchestra)
55 A gracious spirit o’er this earth presides 5: 491 – 495 Ensemble (William, Dorothy, Solo Choral Quartet, Choir, Orchestra)

SUGGESTED INTERVAL

No.

Title Source Setting
56 What wonder then 5: 577 – 583 Aria (boy or girl soprano) / Children’s Choir
57 He who in his youth 5: 586 – 599 Recit. (William) incl. Preface, Interludes and Postlude
58 As in a mansion like their proper home 5: 600 – 605 A capella (Chorus)
59 I turned my face Book Six of ‘The Prelude’: 9 – 19 Recit. (William) incl. Introduction, Interludes & Epilogue
60 Life’s morning radiance 6: 51/52 & 76 – 85) Arioso (Dorothy) incl. Epilogue
61 From star to star 6: 124 – 141 Chorus incl. Preamble and Interludes
62 Sad days and piping winds 6: 171 – 178 Arioso (Dorothy/William)
63 Not without trembling 6: 215 – 223/ 257 – 263 Aria Duet (Dorothy / William) incl. Introduction, Interlude & Epilogue
64 But thou art with us 6: 242 – 247 Chorus
65 We journeyed side by side 6: 322 -326 Recit. (William) including Prologue & Epilogue
66 Once and more than once 6: 369 – 374 Arioso (William) including Introduction & Coda leading to
67 Dances of Liberty   Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)
68 Like bees they swarm 6: 391 – 394 Arioso (Alto Chorus) incl. Prologue & Epilogue
69 With flowing cups elate 6: 398 – 402 / 406 – 408 Arioso (William) incl. Fanfares & Amity Waltz
70 Glory and hope to newborn liberty 6: 442 – 447 Chorus
71 Fast as clouds are changed 6: 491 – 499 Chorus
72 The wondrous vale 6: 528 – 534 Recit. (William) incl. Prologue
73 The eagle soars 6: 535 – 540 Arioso (Dorothy) incl. Introduction, Intermezzo & Epilogue
74 Simplon 6: 557 – 591 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)
75 And in the narrow vent 6: 624 – 638 Aria (William) incl. Prologue, Interludes & Coda
76 Thy lofty steps 6: 665 – 669 Chorus / incl. Processionals
77 Serene accord 6: 678 – 687 Recit. (William) incl. Introduction, Interlude & Coda
78 At last we stretched 6: 709 – 726 Recit. (William) incl. Prologue leading to
79 But with a flash   Chorus / incl. Coda
80 I looked upon these things 6: 601 – 608 Aria (Dorothy) / Children’s Chorus /incl. Intrada & Interlude

High Raise

 

 

 

 

 

End of ‘The Poet’: Part 2 (op. 99)

End of 2nd Oratorio

Composition completed 14th June 2000

 

 

 

 

3rd Oratorio

Tyrants’: Part 1 (op. 100)

No.

Title Source Setting
81a The changeful years Book Seven of ‘The Prelude’: 1 - 12 Aria (William) incl. Entrances & Interlude
81b Silence touched me here 7: 36 – 42 Arioso (Dorothy)
82 A spirit friendly to the poet’s task 7: 43 – 51 Choral Quartet & Semi Chorus / incl. Introduction & Resume
83 Three years had flown 7: 65-76 Recit. (William) / Arioso (Dorothy) incl. Entry, Entracte & Exit
84 Rise up thou monstrous anthill on the plain 7: 115 – 118 / 149 – 158 Declamations & Chorus / incl. Dance of colours, lights and forms
85 The roar continues 7: 168 – 174 Chorus / incl. Introduction, Interlude & Coda.
86 The mighty concourse I surveyed 7: 219 – 224 Recit . (William) incl. Ingang & Uitgang
87 Nor was it mean delight 7: 274 – 278 Chorus
88 Maiden of Buttermere 7: 320 – 329 Aria (Dorothy) incl. Newlands & Tempest
89 I heard the voice of woman 7: 383 – 391 Aria (William) incl. Fugitives & Procession
90 How oft amid those overflowing streets 7: 626 -634 Recit (Coleridge) incl Oxford Street & Possessions
91 The peace that comes with night 7: 654 – 668 Chorus /incl. Introduction & Coda
92 Phantasma - Roundabouts, Tumblers, Merlins, Monsters 7: 685 – 721 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)
93 Oh blank confusion 7: 722 – 730 Chorus /incl. Prologue & Epilogue
94 What sounds are those? Book Eight of ‘The Prelude’: 1-4 Double Recit. (William/Dorothy) incl. The Green (Orchestra)
95 Though but a little family of men 8: 6 – 20 Aria (William) incl. Frames & Interlude
96 With deep devotion 8: 70 – 75 Chorus/ incl. Prologue & Epilogue
97 Lovelier far than this (8: 98 -110 Double Aria (William & Coleridge) incl. Preamble, Intermezzo & Postlude
98 Along the street in flocks 8: 144 – 156 Chorus / Solo Quartet incl. Maypole Dance (Orchestra)
99 Flowers no longer grow (8: 156 – 159 Arioso (Dorothy)
100 The shepherd strays 8: 196 – 201 Arioso (Dorothy)
101 Yet hail to you 8: 215 – 222 Chorus /incl. Atlantic (Orchestra)

SUGGESTED INTERVAL

No.

Title Source Setting
102 And when the spring looks out 8: 229 – 238 Aria (William) incl. Introduction, Interlude & Coda
103 When up the lonely brooks (8: 262 – 267 Recit. (William) incl Prologue, Intermezzo & Epilogue
104 Hill shadows 8: 267 – 281 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)
105 Through quaint obliquities 8: 392 – 393 Recit. (Dorothy)
106 When the foxglove shed its bells 8: 393 – 406 Aria (Dorothy) incl. Introduction, Interlude & Epilogue
107 And all the sad etcetera 8: 437 – 450 Aria (Coleridge) incl. Laments & Intermezzo
108 Once while in that shade (8: 462 – 469)

Recit. (William) incl. Prelude, Intermezzo & Postlude

109 Even as this setting sun 8: 470 – 475 Aria (Soprano solo – Choir) incl. Introduction & Coda
110 In the midst stood man 8: 485 – 494 Chorus / incl. Introduction, Diversion & Coda 111
111 It might be told 8: 517 – 529 Recit. (William) incl Prefaces & Interlude
112 A weight of ages did at once descend 8: 552 – 559 Chorus (Men) incl. Foreword & Resume
113 And oft amid the busy hum 8: 676 – 686

Recit. (William) incl. Busy hum & Interludes

114 Now we start afresh 8: 17 – 22 Arioso (Women’s Chorus) incl Rejuvenation & Coda
115 Though heedless of such honours now Book Nine of ‘The Prelude’: 130 – 153 Recit. Triologue (William/Coleridge/Dorothy) incl. Gateways & Links
116 Their unhappy thrall 9: 454 – 461

Chorus & Solo Quartet incl. Elegies & Interlude

117 But though untaught 9: 198 – 214 Recit. (William) / Solo Bass / incl. Prologue, Distraction, Cortege & Epilogue
118 Whence better days to all mankind 9: 518 – 532 / 508) Chorus / Dorothy / incl. Reminiscence
119 Rather late than soon 9: 243 – 262 / 508 / 329 - 339 Recit. (William) / 2 Solo Tenors / Men’s Chorus / Dorothy / incl. Intermezzi & Epilogue
120 The Patriot 9: 288 – 339 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)

High Rigg

 

 

End of ‘Tyrants’: Part 1 (op.100)

End of 3rd Oratorio

composition completed 27th June 2001

 

 

 

 

4th Oratorio

Tyrants’: Part 2 (op. 101)

No.

Title Source Setting
121 From least beginnings 9: 364 – 379 Chorus (incl. Tenor & Bass Soli)
122 O happy time 9: 553 – 556

Arioso (Dorothy) incl. Introduction

123 Again and yet again a farewell look Book Ten of ‘The Prelude’: 1 – 9 Aria (William) incl. Countenance, Loire
124 In which the senseless sword 10: 41 – 47 Chorus incl. Introduction, Interlude
125 The tide retreats 10: 80 – 84 Recit. (Choral Basses / Solo) incl. Prelude & Postlude
126 Far was I as angels are from guilt 10: 119 – 120/145 Arioso (Dorothy) incl. Introduction leading to ‘Mid the loud distractions of the world ( 10: 183 – 190) - Chorus incl. Introduction, Intermezzo & Coda
127 I only like an uninvited guest 10: 296 – 299 Arioso (William) incl. Prelude
128 On every side beset with foes 10: 333 – 338/357 – 363 Chorus incl. Preamble & Postlude
129 Where the dust was laid with tears 10: 397 – 408 Aria (William) incl. Introduction, Interlude & Coda
130 But, O power supreme 10: 420 – 424 Chorus / incl. Vindication (Orchestra)
131 But brightest things 10: 528 – 529 Arioso (Dorothy)
132 From out the bosom of the night 10: 580 – 589 Aria (Dorothy/William/Altos incl. Solo) incl. Introduction, Interlude & Chorus
133 Then schemes I framed more calmly 10: 590 – 602 Recit. (William) incl. Prologue, Interludes & Epilogue
134 Thundering Hooves 10: 603 Symphonic Sketch (Orchestra)
135 O pleasant exercise of hope and joy Book Eleven of ‘The Prelude’: 108 – 109/120 – 121

Arioso (Dorothy) incl. Prologue & Epilogue

136 But in the very world 11: 136 – 137/141 – 144 Chorus (incl S/A/T/B soli)
137 I drooped 11: 291 – 309/304 – 346 Aria (William/Dorothy/ Soprano (solo) & Soprano (Choir) incl. Epilogue & Interludes
138 The noble living and the noble dead 11: 392 – 405 Chorus (incl T/B soli) incl. Intermezzos
139 Or if that fountain (11: 461 – 470 Arioso (Dorothy) incl. Interlude
140 To think that now our life from ‘Lines written in London: September 1802’ Chorus (incl. Tenor and Bass & Solo Quartet) incl. Prologue

SUGGESTED INTERVAL

No.

Title Source Setting
141 Men are we from ‘On the Chorus Tenors & Basses)Extinction of the Venetian Republic
142 How piteous then from ‘October, 1803 Arioso (Bass and Tenor Solos & all Men’s Chorus)
143 The spirit aches from ‘Ode: January 18th 1816 Chorus incl. Prelude, Interlude & Postlude
144 To you who fell (from ‘The Battle of Waterloo: 1816’ Aria (High Alto) incl. Introduction, Interlude & Epilogue
145 Accursed thing it is to gaze from ‘Independence & Liberty: 1811 Double Recit. (Soprano Solo & Tenor Solo)
146 There was a roaring in the wind from ‘Resolution & Independence: 1802 Aria (Dorothy) incl. Introduction & Symphonic Sketch
147 But as it sometime chanceth from ‘Resolution & Independence: 1802 Aria (Dorothy)
148 Vain earth, false world from ‘Malham Cove: 1818 Chorus / incl. Interludes
149 Then sing, ye birds from ‘Intimations of Immortality’: 1 – 3 / 5 - 13 Aria (Dorothy) & Ye that pipe and ye that play (Symphonic Sketch)
150 Thanks to the human heart from ‘Intimations of Immortality’: 14 – 17) Arioso (William) incl. Prelude & Epilogue
151 Till by repentance stung from ‘Liberty & Order:1831 Chorus
152 Hath it not been long from ‘Liberty & Order:1831 Chorus (incl. Sop./Alt./Ten./Bass Soli)
153 Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive from ‘French Revolution: 1804 Arias (William/Dorothy)
154 By no mere fit from ‘Liberty & Order:1831 Chorus
155 Let us break forth from ‘Liberty & Order 2: 1837 Chorus / incl . Dorothy & Sop./Alt./Ten. Soli
156 As leaves are to the tree from ‘Liberty & Order 2: 1837 Symphonic Sketch / incl. Arioso (William), Arioso (Dorothy) & Chorus

high Tove

 

 

End of ‘Tyrants’: (op. 101)

End of 4th Oratorio

composition completed 27th June, 2004


5th Oratorio

The Prophet’: (Op. 102)

No.

Title Source Setting
157 Ye motions of delight from Book Twelve of ‘The Prelude’: 1-31 Recit (William)
158 I saw the Spring return 12: 31 – 43 Duet (William/ Dorothy)
159 Go to the poets 12: 68 – 74 Chorus
160 O soul of Nature 12: 102 – 106 Chorus
161 I knew a maid 12: 151 – 173 Quadruple Aria (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
162 Gibbet mast 12: 225 – 261 Symphonic Sketch
163 Oh mystery of man! 12: 261 – 335 Aria (William)
164 From Nature doth emotion come (Book Thirteen of ‘The Prelude’: 1 – 10 Chorus
165 The man whom we behold 13: 64 – 88 Chorus incl. Sop./ Ten./ Bass Soli
166 Oh, next to one dear state of bliss 13: 120 – 127 Aria (Dorothy)
167 Beyond the limits which my feet had trod 13: 142 – 153 Recit. (Tenor & Bass Soli) & Through storm and darkness - Chorus
168 The Lonely Roads 13: 161 – 167  
169 Hope to my hope 13: 179 – 185 Recit. (Dorothy)
170 I ranged at will 13: 312 – 335 Aria (William) & Choir

SUGGESTED INTERVAL

No.

Title Source Setting
171 Through the northern tracts

Book Fourteen of ‘The Prelude’ : 1- 10

Declamation
172 Bethgelert 14: 11 – 69 Symphonic Sketch (Ochestra)
173 Oh who is he? 14: 130 – 135 Arioso (William)
174 The one who is thy choice Book Fourteen of ‘The Prelude’:162 – 169 / 176 – 187 Chorus
175 All that love can do 14: 209 – 231 Aria (Dorothy)
176 Where art thou? 14: 376 – 385 Aria (William)
177 Thy race be run 14: 432 – 445 Aria (Alto & Bass Soli)
178 Prophets of Nature 14: 446 – 455 Chorus
179 For only then am I at rest from ‘Lines written in very early youth’ Dorothy / William )
180 Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting from Intimations of Immortality Chorus (incl. Children’s Choir)


N. B. An alternative version ends with no. 179 ‘For only then am I at rest’ (Dorothy alone )

and concludes with the boy/girl soprano and piano only – as at the beginning of the whole piece.

No. 180 (‘Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting’) is pencilled in as ‘Extra?’ by the composer and labelled ‘Final Chorus’ .

Loughrigg Fell

 

End of ‘The Prophet’ (op. 102)

End of 5th Oratorio

Composition completed 2006

 

 

END OF ‘THE PRELUDE’ (op.98-102)