In addition to some songs and smaller instrumental pieces, he wrote a total of only six large-format compositions: two symphonies , a symphonic poem , a violin concerto and two vocal works with orchestra. Cliffe was considered one of the greatest hopes in English music in his younger years; the premiere of his first symphony (April 20, 1889 in London) sparked applause. Cliffe fell silent as a composer around 1910; his compatriot Edward Elgar caused a sensation around this time with his work Enigma Variations . Cliffe's works were already forgotten during his lifetime. Recently they have been rediscovered and re-performed.
- Symphony No. 1 in C minor, 1889
- Cloud and Sunshine, symphonic poem, 1890
- Symphony No. 2 in E minor, 1892
- Violin Concerto, 1896
- The Triumph of Alcestis, scene for alto and orchestra, 1902
- Ode to the North-East Wind, ballad for choir and orchestra, 1906
The world premiere of his Symphony No. 1 in C minor took place in Malmö in 2003: The Malmö Opera Orchestra under Christopher Fifield recorded the work as well as Cloud and Sunshine ; the Swedish classic label "Sterling" released them.
The violin concerto was released in 2011 by Hyperion Records (The Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 10, BBC National Orchestra of Wales).
- Obituary for Cliffe from 1932, with portrait
- Article on life and work
- Frederic Cliffe at Discogs (English)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||English composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 2, 1857|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Bradford , Yorkshire|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 19, 1931|
|Place of death||London|