Music for the service of Holy Communion : written for Fitzwilliam House, 1960
Peter Tranchell, 1960With optional [...Read More]
Seven Pieces in Alphabetical Order. 1947 revised 1960. For piano.
Note on title page:
'These pieces are designed to be played in the order given, on a piano which has the top C.
It is said that in Hindu music certain notes are named after creatures.
This work, first written in July 1947, was re-written in September 1960'.
Note on title page of original: 'The notes of the Hindu scale are called after various birds and animals: C. Peacock - D. Rainy season bird - E. Goat - F. Crane - G. Cuckoo - A. Frog - B. Elephant. The music attempts to illustrate the animals and suggest the appropriate key'.
Fortunare Nos was composed in 1986 for the wedding of one of Tranchell's students. It incorporates the hymn tune Wish Road originally written for Eastbourne College in 1950. The words are from a hymn by Henry J. Buckoll (1803-71) in Psalms and Hymns for Rugby School Chapel, 1850, and the Latin verse is a translation, presumably by Tranchell, of Verse 1.[...Read More]
The full anthem Cantantibus organis for St Cecilia’s Day was written by Peter Tranchell in 1987 for use by the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Precentor (Director of Music), and it was sung at Evensong (presumably on St Cecilia’s Day, 22 November) that year. It was written for S.A.T.T.B. and Organ.[...Read More]
Peter Tranchell set this famous text (from Edward Fitzgerald’s version of Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám of Naishápúr) to music in [...Read More]
An eyebrow-raising harmonisation, written 1988.[...Read More]
Four versions of this quadruple chant are known. Three are found in the Cambridge University Library archive:
- The earliest version (1970) is the quadruple chant for Psalm 12. ATBB & organ in C minor.
- Then we have quadruple chant for Psalm 12. SATB & organ in E minor and the version for Psalm 13 for SATB & organ in E flat minor. The SATB versions might be assumed to date from the period 1982-1989 when the Gonville & Caius College Choir added a soprano line.
Two (and possibly three) versions of this triple chant are found in the Cambridge University Library archive:
- The earliest version (197-?) appears to be the triple chant for Psalm 127. ATBB & organ in C major.
- Then we have MS.Tranchell.3.68, the version for SATB & organ in E flat major. This version might be assumed to date from the period 1982-1989 when the Gonville & Caius College Choir added a soprano line.
- The archive also records MS.Tranchell.3.67 "For ATBB & organ in E minor [sic]. Photocopy of MS.Tranchell.4.86 with holograph revisions". Cataloguing error seems possible here, but we have not had a chance to check.
The For SATBrB & organ in E flat minor. Originally numbered '89D': this is a transposed copy of Chant 89C in D minor (see MS.Tranchell.4.88). With text of Psalm 142 pointed by P.A. Tranchell.
Four versions of this double chant are known. Three are found in the Cambridge University Library archive:
- The earliest version (undated) appears to be the double chant for Psalm 75. ATBB & organ in A major.
- Then we have double chant for Psalm 75. SATBrB & organ in D major and the version for SATBrB & organ in E flat major. These versions might be assumed to date from the period 1982-1989 when the Gonville & Caius College Choir added a soprano line.
The Libran Preces and Responses were composed in October 1972. We are publishing the original ATBrBB version and a transposed version for SATB.[...Read More]
Peter Tranchell's Sonatina for pianoforte (1949) is a little mysterious - Tranchell didn't mention it in letters home, and was at the time talking more about his piano concerto (which either never materialised or has been lost). Two versions of the Sonatina exists in the CU archive; one bearing the dedication "For Jane" is presumed by Peter Marchbank to be the definitive version.[...Read More]
The Sonatina for flute and piano was written for and dedicated to Henri and Juana Fromageot in May 1966. Juana later became a well-respected concert and recording pianist under the name Juana Zayas.[...Read More]
IN PREPThe Four Voluntaries for Organ were performed by Basil Ramsey, later to be Editor of The Musical Times, [...Read More]
"Heaven!", for voice and piano, was written in 1954 for performance in "Just as it Comes" at Trinity College, Cambridge. The lyrics are by Simon Phipps (Chaplain at Trinity College 1953-57 and Bishop of Lincoln between 1974 and 1987).[...Read More]
Peter Tranchell wrote this setting of Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd) in 1962 for unison voices and organ, revised it in 1970 for two-part male-voices and organ, and again in 1976 for ATBrB choir and organ. The score published here has been arranged for SATB by Peter Marchbank.[...Read More]
IN PREPPAT wrote the music for Zuleika, a musical based on the 1911 novel, Zuleika Dobson, by Max Beerbohm. [...Read More]
Four Piano Duets (One Piano – Four Hands), by Peter Tranchell (1922 – 1993). Composed in May 1953.
Martin Neary, who went on to become Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral and then Westminster Abbey, was the incumbent organ scholar when PAT succeeded Professor Patrick Hadley as Precentor in 1962.[...Read More]
When PAT eventually bought a television he became obsessed with the Australian TV soap Neighbours (among other things!). He arranged the well-known theme tune (by Tony Hatch) as an Anglican chant - it was heard at least once in Caius chapel services, receiving the reaction ‘that seems faintly familiar...’ although the harmonisation is pure Tranchell. The composer's name is an anagram of "Neighbours", and the arranger "I'm astraan" i.e. Australian. The chant was probably written around 1987.[...Read More]
Tranchell's Festive Overture was written in 1966 for Peter Marchbank and the Basingstoke Musical Society Orchestra (now the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra).[...Read More]
For unison voices & organ, in E major. With antiphon: Praise the Lord, Halleluia.First composed in 1968, with versions [...Read More]
These settings were composed by Peter Tranchell, Precentor (Director of Music) at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, for use by the chapel choir in the regular round of evening services. Although written three years apart and for a slightly different disposition of voices, Tranchell clearly saw them as a ‘set’ since they were recorded together in 1981 for private release on the LP recording ‘Music from Caius’ in 1985.[...Read More]
The composer’s note at the end of the manuscript reads: ‘‘The Virgoan Responses were composed late August* 1972 for ATBrBB unacc, revised 1976, re-written for SATBrBB unacc in late August 1987. P.A.T.’’
* the Virgoan period of the year.
1972 was when the Chapel Choir first included male altos in addition to the established Tenors, Baritones and Basses. This set has a number of companion settings, all for male voices with altos at the top, most named after signs of the astrological zodiac: Arian (1973), Libran (1972), Quintilian (1981) and Sagittarian (1981). As the Virgoan was the only set Tranchell revised for the Chapel Choir when sopranos joined, it might be assumed they were his favourite.[...Read More]
The Carol Voluntary is a light-hearted piece with a serious side, melding eight different carols (at the last count) with unexpected results. It was first written for Tranchell's friend David Isitt (later The Reverend) in 1948, then revised in 1964.[...Read More]
People, look East was composed in 1982 for the Gonville and Caius Choir and originally scored for AATBrBB (though with a note on the cover saying 'If necessary, the first alto part may be sung by sopranos'). The version performed by St. John's College Choir in the 2015 Advent Carol Service was arranged for SATB by Peter Marchbank in 2013.[...Read More]