Songs, especially the cycle “A Shropshire Lad” based on the poems by A.E. Housman; short orchestral pieces, much influenced by folk song. His orchestrations and accompaniments are quite brilliant.
There are two study scores of all the orchestral and chamber music. They are available from Musikproduktion Juergen Hoeflich (musikmph.de).
Very gifted and promising composer as well as collector of folk songs. Tragically, his life was cut short by a sniper’s bullet while leading a raid during the battle of the Somme.
His surviving work is quite small, partly because of his early death and partly because he destroyed some works before leaving for France.
- France, Thiepval, Memorial Britanique — 5 Aug 1916