Peter Tranchell composed the Five Thackeray Ditties for the Cambridge University Madrigal Society’s May Week Concert in June 1962, which was conducted by Raymond Leppard. The concert traditionally took place on the Backs with the choir in punts on the Cam while the audience sat on the riverbank. The programme for the occasion lists only two of the settings as being performed, while a letter from Tranchell to his parents says that three of his madrigals were performed to an appreciative crowd of about 5000 and that he “scarcely could have taken a curtain-call or bow, save by walking on the water!”
1. A Tragic Story (S.A.T.B.)
2. The King on the Tower (S.M-S.A.T.Br.B)
3. The Chaplet (S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B.)
4. To a Very Old Woman (S.S.A.A.T.T.T.B.B.B.)
5. A Credo (S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B.)
The Ditties feature on the commemoration CD.