MISSING SCORES

Over the years a number of Paul's scores from before computerisation have unfortunately gone missing, some of them quite substantial works, which are detailed below.  A few have subsequently been rewritten or reconstructed but some are completely lost.

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Note: some of these compositions predate the Opus number system in place in other parts of this website. 

"O Men from the fields"

Paul's first song, to words by Padraic Colum, accompanied by piano.

"The Hobbit: Fire and Water"

The original version of The Hobbit was completed in vocal score but subsequently all copies of Fire and Water, the second part, were lost.  Substantial excerpts from this were included with other parts of the Tolkien Cycle or within the Suites but a considerable section of this original version remained missing. Paul has subsequently reconstructed The Hobbit with a mixture of recollected and revised material in order to complete the Tolkien Cycle.

"The Watchman"

During the years 1973-74 Paul wrote a short oratorio (some twenty minutes in duration) entitled The Watchman. There were both a vocal and an orchestral score completed, and the vocal score also existed in a photocopied facsimile.

The score was designed for performance by the London School of Economics Orchestra Chorus and Orchestra, who had previously given the first performance of the first suite from The Hobbit at a concert in June 1971. The orchestration was designed with this in mind, including two pianos (the concert room at which the body performed had two grand pianos available). The full score and the photocopied vocal score were given to the musical director Gordon Kirkwood for that purpose.

The original copy of the vocal score was retained by Paul and was eventually passed to Graham Barrar, director of the Nelson Choral Society, who had also expressed an interest in performing the work. Neither performance materialised, and some years later when he attempted to reclaim the scores he was advised by both the directors that the scores could no longer be traced.

The only remaining material that existed was a complete chorus part for the sopranos and altos, a partial chorus part for the tenors and basses and some orchestral parts which had been prepared before the orchestral score left his possession. It is not possible from these fragments to reconstruct the whole work.

One section of the full score was subsequently used as part of his ‘Second Symphony’—not The Great Dance which was subsequently given that number, but a work for chamber orchestra written for a performance in the mid-1970s by the Workers’ Music Association. This work was substantially quarried from other pieces —the first two movements were identical to the Four movements from Diarmuid and Gráinne—but the fourth movement included substantial sections lifted from The Watchman, from which it might have been possible to make a reconstruction had this work for chamber orchestra not also been lost.

"Variations on a Welsh Bardic Melody"

The original version of the Variations was devised for piano, and some years later Paul made a second arrangement as a concertante piece for piano and orchestra; but the score for this second version has been lost.

 

The variations finally found a place in an abridged form as the first part of the orchestral work The water is wide.