H.C. Stewart's Berceuse for Cello and piano was most likely written for his wife in the early 1900s as piece for private use. Never published before this work is an example of Stewart in more relaxed mood. Harmonically more conservative than later works but still with strong similarities to the Valsette for Viola and piano, this is a work that requires a lyrical approach from both performers.
The manuscript is available for study purposes only on request in PDF format on request from the archivist.
The demo recording is a synthesised version to enable listeners to hear this work for the first time in living memory.
Movement for String Quartet
The only remaining movement from this work, this is a tantalising glimpse of what might have been a major addition to the inter-war repertoire.
In a compressed sonata form and making use of extended tonality, cross rhythms and requiring a high standard of technique from all players this is one of the few instrumental works from Stewart’s later career. Mirroring the freer style of music evident in such choral works as the Evening Service in A this is a work probably written for the Stewart family quartet to play. No known public performance has ever taken place.
The score is available for study purposes only on request in PDF format on request from the archivist. The recording is a synthesised demo by Noteperformer within Sibelius to enable the work to be heard for the first time.