George Butterworth

Real Name:
George Sainton Kaye Butterworth
Profile:
English composer best known for his tone poem 'The Banks of Green Willow' and his settings of Alfred E. Housman's poems from 'A Shropshire Lad.' (July 12, 1885 - August 5, 1916).

While attending Trinity College in Oxford for law, Butterworth came in contact with the folk song collector/editor Cecil Sharp and the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. They encouraged his musical abilities, and soon Butterworth was accompanying Vaughan Williams on folk song-collecting excursions into the English countryside. Butterworth soon left Oxford for London, abandoning the study of law to study briefly at the Royal College of Music, teach, write music criticism for the Times, and compose. He helped reconstruct the full score of Vaughan Williams' "A London Symphony," the autograph of which had been lost at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. At the beginning of the first world war, Butterworth enlisted in the Duke of Cornwall's Durham Light Infantry (he was known as G. S. Kaye-Butterworth in the army). He was killed at Pozieres, leading a raid during the Battle of the Somme.
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SR90115 George Butterworth - Symphony In D Minor, No.8 · A Shropshire Lad · The Garden Of Fand album art Sir John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, Bax* Sir John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, Bax* - Symphony In D Minor, No.8 · A Shropshire Lad · The Garden Of Fand(LP) Mercury, Mercury Living Presence SR90115 US 1959 Sell This Version
XID 5260 George Butterworth - A Recital Of English Songs album art John Shirley-Quirk - Purcell*, Butterworth*, Humfrey*, Moeran* - Martin Isepp, Nona Liddell, Ivor McMahon, Ambrose Gauntlett John Shirley-Quirk - Purcell*, Butterworth*, Humfrey*, Moeran* - Martin Isepp, Nona Liddell, Ivor McMahon, Ambrose Gauntlett - A Recital Of English Songs Saga (5) XID 5260 UK 1966 Sell This Version
CSD 3696, CSD. 3696 George Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad / The Banks Of Green Willow / A John Field Suite / There Is A Willow Grows Aslant A Brook / Dance In The Sunlight album art George Butterworth / Hamilton Harty* / Frank Bridge / Arnold Bax - Neville Dilkes Conducting The English Sinfonia* George Butterworth / Hamilton Harty* / Frank Bridge / Arnold Bax - Neville Dilkes Conducting The English Sinfonia* - A Shropshire Lad / The Banks Of Green Willow / A John Field Suite / There Is A Willow Grows Aslant A Brook / Dance In The Sunlight (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice CSD 3696, CSD. 3696 UK 1971 Sell This Version
CSD 3705, CSD. 3705 George Butterworth - Concertino For Harpsichord And Strings / The Holy Boy / Two English Idylls / Capriol Suite / Lonely Waters / Whythorne's Shadow album art Walter Leigh, John Ireland, George Butterworth, Peter Warlock, E. J. Moeran*, Neville Dilkes Conducting The English Sinfonia* Walter Leigh, John Ireland, George Butterworth, Peter Warlock, E. J. Moeran*, Neville Dilkes Conducting The English Sinfonia* - Concertino For Harpsichord And Strings / The Holy Boy / Two English Idylls / Capriol Suite / Lonely Waters / Whythorne's Shadow(LP) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice CSD 3705, CSD. 3705 UK 1972 Sell This Version
D26D4 George Butterworth - A Festival Of English Music album art Britten* / Butterworth* / Elgar* / Tippett* / Vaughan Williams* - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields / Neville Marriner* Britten* / Butterworth* / Elgar* / Tippett* / Vaughan Williams* - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields / Neville Marriner* - A Festival Of English Music(4xLP, Comp + Box) Argo (2) D26D4 UK 1976 Sell This Version
ZRG 860 George Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad • Two English Idylls • The Banks Of Green Willow / Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge album art Butterworth* / Britten* - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner* Butterworth* / Britten* - The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner* - A Shropshire Lad • Two English Idylls • The Banks Of Green Willow / Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge Argo (2) ZRG 860 UK 1976 Sell This Version
ZRG 838 George Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad / Earth And Air And Rain album art Butterworth* / Finzi* - Benjamin Luxon, David Willison Butterworth* / Finzi* - Benjamin Luxon, David Willison - A Shropshire Lad / Earth And Air And Rain Argo (2) ZRG 838 UK 1976 Sell This Version
HNH 4005 George Butterworth - Merry Eve / Elegy / Music For A Prince / Two English Idylls / The Banks Of Green Willow / A Shropshire Lad album art Herbert Howells, George Butterworth, New Philharmonia Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult Herbert Howells, George Butterworth, New Philharmonia Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult - Merry Eve / Elegy / Music For A Prince / Two English Idylls / The Banks Of Green Willow / A Shropshire Lad(LP, Album) HNH Records HNH 4005 US 1977 Sell This Version
ZDA 176 George Butterworth - Scenes From Watership Down album art George Butterworth Scenes From Watership Down(LP) Argo (2) ZDA 176 UK 1978 Sell This Version
RL 25184 George Butterworth - Bridge, Bantock & Butterworth album art Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Frank Bridge, Granville Bantock, George Butterworth, Norman Del Mar Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Frank Bridge, Granville Bantock, George Butterworth, Norman Del Mar - Bridge, Bantock & Butterworth (Album) RCA Red Seal RL 25184 UK 1979 Sell This Version
ECM 834 George Butterworth - Walton: Facade (excerpts), Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad, Finzi: Dies Natalis album art Sir William Walton, Edith Sitwell, Constant Lambert, George Butterworth, Roy Henderson (2), Gerald Finzi, Joan Cross, Boyd Neel, The Boyd Neel String Orchestra Sir William Walton, Edith Sitwell, Constant Lambert, George Butterworth, Roy Henderson (2), Gerald Finzi, Joan Cross, Boyd Neel, The Boyd Neel String Orchestra - Walton: Facade (excerpts), Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad, Finzi: Dies Natalis(LP, Mono) Decca Eclipse ECM 834 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SAGA 5473 George Butterworth - A Recital Of English Songs album art John Shirley-Quirk, Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth* John Shirley-Quirk, Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth* - A Recital Of English Songs(LP) Saga (5) SAGA 5473 UK 1980 Sell This Version
ASD 3896 George Butterworth - On Wenlock Edge (Version With Orchestra) / Songs With Orchestra / Love Blows As The Wind Blows album art Vaughan Williams* / Elgar* / Butterworth*, Robert Tear, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley Vaughan Williams* / Elgar* / Butterworth*, Robert Tear, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley - On Wenlock Edge (Version With Orchestra) / Songs With Orchestra / Love Blows As The Wind Blows(LP, Album) His Master's Voice ASD 3896 UK 1980 Sell This Version
A66037 George Butterworth - Songs Of Travel album art George Butterworth / Ralph Vaughan Williams - Graham Trew, Roger Vignoles George Butterworth / Ralph Vaughan Williams - Graham Trew, Roger Vignoles - Songs Of Travel Hyperion A66037 UK 1982 Sell This Version
ZRG 945 George Butterworth - Serenade / On Hearing the First Cuckoo / Capriol Suite / Tallis Fantasia / The Banks Of Green Willow album art Elgar*, Delius*, Warlock*, Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner Elgar*, Delius*, Warlock*, Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner - Serenade / On Hearing the First Cuckoo / Capriol Suite / Tallis Fantasia / The Banks Of Green Willow(LP) Argo (2) ZRG 945 1982 Sell This Version
NI 5068 George Butterworth - A Shropshire Lad ● The Banks Of Green Willow album art Butterworth*, Parry*, Bridge*, English String Orchestra Conducted By William Boughton Butterworth*, Parry*, Bridge*, English String Orchestra Conducted By William Boughton - A Shropshire Lad ● The Banks Of Green Willow (Album) Nimbus Records NI 5068 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
NI 5033 George Butterworth - English Songs (Songs Of Travel / A Shropshire Lad / And Other Songs) album art Vaughan Williams* / Butterworth* - Shura Gehrman, Adrian Farmer Vaughan Williams* / Butterworth* - Shura Gehrman, Adrian Farmer - English Songs (Songs Of Travel / A Shropshire Lad / And Other Songs)(CD, Album, Amb, UHJ) Nimbus Records NI 5033 US 1988 Sell This Version
CDM 7 69419 2 George Butterworth - Symphony In G Minor Etc. album art Neville Dilkes, English Sinfonia, Ernest John Moeran, George Butterworth Neville Dilkes, English Sinfonia, Ernest John Moeran, George Butterworth - Symphony In G Minor Etc.(CD, RE, ADD) EMI Studio DRM CDM 7 69419 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
421 391-2 George Butterworth - Warlock: Capriol Suite; Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad album art Peter Warlock, George Butterworth, Benjamin Britten, Sir Neville Marriner, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Peter Warlock, George Butterworth, Benjamin Britten, Sir Neville Marriner, The Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Warlock: Capriol Suite; Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad(CD, Album) London Records 421 391-2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
7243 5 67428 2 6 George Butterworth - On The Idle Hill Of Summer - English Songs By Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Quilter album art Thomas Allen, Geoffrey Parsons (2) - Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, Quilter* Thomas Allen, Geoffrey Parsons (2) - Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, Quilter* - On The Idle Hill Of Summer - English Songs By Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Quilter(CD, Album) EMI Classics 7243 5 67428 2 6 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
0777 7595812 6, 260 423-231 George Butterworth - On The Idle Hill Of Summer - English Songs By Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Quilter album art Thomas Allen, Geoffrey Parsons (2) - Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, Quilter* Thomas Allen, Geoffrey Parsons (2) - Vaughan Williams*, Butterworth*, Quilter* - On The Idle Hill Of Summer - English Songs By Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Quilter(CD, Album) Virgin Classics, Virgin Classics 0777 7595812 6, 260 423-231 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
436 401-2 George Butterworth - Coleridge Taylor · Butterworth · Taylor album art Coleridge Taylor*, Butterworth*, MacCunn*, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Grant Llewellyn Coleridge Taylor*, Butterworth*, MacCunn*, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Grant Llewellyn - Coleridge Taylor · Butterworth · Taylor(CD) Argo (2) 436 401-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
ABRD 9902 George Butterworth - A London Symphony: The Original 1913 Version Of Symphony N°.2 album art Vaughan Williams* / George Butterworth Butterworth London Symphony Orchestra*, Richard Hickox Vaughan Williams* / George Butterworth Butterworth London Symphony Orchestra*, Richard Hickox - A London Symphony: The Original 1913 Version Of Symphony N°.2 (Album) Chandos ABRD 9902 UK 2001 Sell This Version
468 802-2 George Butterworth - George Butterworth: Six Songs From A Shropshire Lad; Bredon Hill And Other Songs; A Shropshire Lad - Rhapsody; Two English Idylls; The Banks Of The Green Willow album art George Butterworth George Butterworth: Six Songs From A Shropshire Lad; Bredon Hill And Other Songs; A Shropshire Lad - Rhapsody; Two English Idylls; The Banks Of The Green Willow(CD, Album, RE) Decca 468 802-2 UK 2001 Sell This Version
CDA67378 George Butterworth - Songs Of Travel · A Shropshire Lad · A Broken Arc album art Vaughan Williams* · Butterworth* · Somervell* - Christopher Maltman · Roger Vignoles Vaughan Williams* · Butterworth* · Somervell* - Christopher Maltman · Roger Vignoles - Songs Of Travel · A Shropshire Lad · A Broken Arc (Album) Hyperion CDA67378 UK 2003 Sell This Version