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Date & Opus Title Words Duration Publisher More…
February 1951
Opus 6
A Leaf on the Water
Song
Manuscript info i
Notes: Withdrawn
June/July 1951
Opus 9
Three a.m.
Five Miniatures for Baritone and Piano
David Munro 7½ mins Modus Music
£4.00
Cover
Notes: Songs are: 1. The Dawn Gapes In; 2. As the Last Guest Leaves; 3. The City Sleeps; 4. By Moonlight; 5. Three a.m.; first two performances given by John Frost (bass-baritone) and Carey Blyton (piano) at Beckenham Grammar School, 18th October 1951, and at the first Beckenham Salon public concert, Old Council Offices, Beckenham, 2nd April 1952
June/August 1951
Opus 10a
Two Pensive Songs
for High Voice and Piano
Carey Blyton & Donald R. Hills 5 mins Modus Music
£3.50
Cover
Notes: Songs are: 1. Two Stolen Roses (Carey Blyton); 2. Come, Night (Donald R. Hills)
October/November 1951
Opus 11
Toi et Moi
Five Songs for Baritone and Piano
Paul Géraldy 12 mins Modus Music
£5.00
Cover
Notes: Songs are: 1. Doute; 2. Dualisme; 3. Post-Scriptum; 4. Habitude; 5. Mea Culpa (French words)
November 1952
Opus 15a
Symphony in Yellow
for Voice, Clarinet and Harp
Oscar Wilde 4 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: 
July 1953 (1–3); January 1954 (4–6)
Opus 16a
Lyrics from the Chinese
Six Songs for High Voice, Oboe and String Trio
trans. Helen Waddell 12 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Withdrawn; movements are: 1. Aubade; 2: Drinking Song; 3: Song at Evening; 4: Flower Song; 5: Sacrificial Song; 6: Nocturne
April/August 1956
Opus 22
The Owl
A setting of a poem by M. J. Hopkins for Voice and Chamber Ensemble
M. J. Hopkins Manuscript info i
Notes: Withdrawn; music reused in Humoresque op. 30
Summer/Winter 1956
Opus 25
The Poetry of Dress
Three Songs for Tenor and Piano
Robert Herrick & Anon. 3 mins Modus Music
£3.60
Cover
Notes: Originally published by Mills Music; songs are: 1. Whenas in Silks my Julia goes (Robert Herrick); 2. A Sweet Disorder in the Dress (Robert Herrick); 3. My Love in her Attire (Anon.); written for Jack Irons (tenor)
Spring 1956/Winter 1957
Opus 26c
What then is Love?
Four Modern Madrigals for High Voice, Clarinet in A and Piano
Various 6 mins Out of print info i
Notes: Originally published by Mills Music; republished by Roberton; songs are: 1. Western wind, when will thou blow? (Anon.); 2. Tell me, where is fancy bred? (William Shakespeare); 3. Stay, O sweet, and do not rise! (John Donne); 4. Love is a sickness full of woes (Samuel Daniel)
Summer 1957
Opus 28c
The Sea-dog’s Song
A Good-Natured Parody of the English Sea-Shanty for Voice and Piano
Allan Cunningham 1¾ mins Modus Music
£3.60
Cover
Notes: Fourth movement of Cinque Port
Winter 1957/1958
Opus 16b
Lyrics from the Chinese
Seven Songs for High Voice and String Orchestra
trans. Helen Waddell 18 mins Modus Music
£10.00
Cover
Notes: Movements are: 1. Prelude; 2. Song 1: Aubade; 3. Song 2: Drinking Song; 4. Song 3: Song against the Duke Seuen; 5. Song 4: Song at Evening; 6. Interlude; 7. Song 5: Flower Song; 8. Song 6: Sacrificial Song; 9. Song 7: Nocturne; 10. Postlude
(Date unknown)
Opus 24c
A Lullaby (O my Deir Hert)
arr. for Low Voice and Piano
Anon. 2 mins Out of print info i
Notes: From Two Sacred Songs; published by Oecumuse; written for Robert Ivan Foster (baritone), who performed it often in the 1960s
Spring 1959
Opus 15b
Symphony in Yellow
arr. for Voice and Harp (or Piano)
Oscar Wilde 4 mins Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
Product page
info i
Notes: 
April 1956; 1957/1958; April/May 1960
Opus 23a
Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland
for High Voice and String Quartet
Various 15 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Movements are: 1. Prelude; 2. Song 1: Madrigal; 3. Interlude I; 4. Song 2: The Moon; 5. Interlude II; 6. Song 3: The Open Door; 7. Interlude III; 8. Song 4: The Sick Rose; 9. Interlude IV; 10. Song 5: Sonnet; 11. Postlude
September 1962
Opus 33b
The Silly Flea
for Countertenor and unaccompanied Choir (TTBB)
attrib. Giles Farnaby 1 minute Out of print info i
Notes: Originally published by Novello; remaining stock with William Elkin
October 1962
Opus 33c
The Silly Flea
for Countertenor and Keyboard
attrib. Giles Farnaby 1 minute Manuscript info i
Notes: 
March/April 1963
Opus 35a
SchoolSongs for Juniors 1
Three Food Songs
for Voice(s) and Piano
Various 3 mins Roberton Publications info i
Notes: Original title: Three Dining Room Ballads; originally published by S & B; songs are: 1. Early Bacon (A. Stodart-Walker); 2. Sink Song (J. A. Lindon); 3. Bacon and Eggs (A. P. Herbert)
May/July 1963
Opus 36
Three Welsh Folk Songs
arr. for Voice and Harp (or Piano)
6½ mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Dedicated to Robert Ivan Foster (baritone) and recorded by him (with Tryphena Partridge, harp) on Onslo LP OCAB-61-63; songs are: 1. Lullaby (Suo-gân); 2. The Plea of the Miller (Tôn Y Melinydd); 3. David of the White Rock (Dafydd Y Gareg Wen)
August 1963
Opus 39
Six Regional Canadian Folk Songs
arr. for Voice and Piano
17 mins Roberton Publications info i
Notes: Originally published by Curwen; dedicated to Robert Ivan Foster (baritone) and recorded by him (with Nina Walker, piano) on Onslo LP OCAB-61-64; songs are: 1. Donkey Riding (The Maritimes); 2. Auction Block (Ontario); 3. C’est l’Aviron (Quebec); 4. An Eskimo Lullaby (Baffinland); 5. Kelligrews Soiree (Newfoundland); 6. Lukey’s Boat (Nova Scotia)
August/September 1963
Opus 40a
SchoolSongs for Juniors 2
Three Insect Songs
for Voice(s) and Piano
Various 3 mins Roberton Publications info i
Notes: Originally published by S & B; songs are: 1. Taking the Veil (Harry Graham); 2. Poor Fly (Anon.); 3. Swat a Life! (Don Marquis)
July/December 1963
Opus 38a
SchoolSongs for Juniors 3
Three Bird Songs
for Voice(s) and Piano
Carey Blyton & Anon. 3 mins Roberton Publications info i
Notes: Originally published by S & B; songs are: 1. The Cormorant (Anon.); 2. The Stork (Carey Blyton); 3. The Elephant (Anon.)
1964
Opus 44
Three Canadian Carols
arr. for Voice, Clarinet and Piano
11 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Dedicated to Robert Ivan Foster (baritone) and recorded by him (with Nina Walker, piano and Jonathan Steward, clarinet) on Onslo LP OCAB-61-65; first public performance by Robert Ivan Foster at The Questors Theatre, London on 19th December 1964; songs are: 1. The Shepherdess’ Carol (D’où viens-tu, bergère?); 2. The Cherry Tree Carol; 3. The Huron Carol (Jesous Ahatonhia)
1964/1965
Opus 47a
SchoolThree Animal Songs
for Voice(s) and Piano
Carey Blyton 2 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Used in Bananas in Pyjamas; songs are: 1. Sing a Song of Science; 2. Sally the Pig; 3. The Manatee
December 1964/January 1965
Opus 48
Prayers from the Ark
Seven Songs for High Voice and Piano
Carmen Bemos de Gasztold trans. Rumer Godden 13 mins Modus Music
£5.00
Currently unavailable
Cover
Notes: Songs are: 1. The Prayer of the Cock; 2. The Prayer of the Goldfish; 3. The Prayer of the Cat; 4. The Prayer of the Tortoise; 5. The Prayer of the Mouse; 6. The Prayer of the Ox; 7. The Prayer of the Lark; dedicated to the composer’s parents, who brought the poems to his attention
1965/1966
Opus 50
SchoolThree Fishy Tales
for Voices and Piano
Joyce Harris, Carey Blyton & Anon. 2½ mins Manuscript info i
Notes: The Axolotl now in Bananas in Pyjamas; songs are: 1. Making Whoopee (Joyce Harris); 2. The Axolotl (Carey Blyton); 3. Have a Heart! (Anon.)
Summer 1966
Opus 56a
SchoolA Child was Born
Trad. Danish Carol arr. for Voice(s) and School Instruments
Out of print info i
Notes: Originally published by Faber & Faber; republished by G. Schirmer, USA
1967
(No opus number)
Robin Redbreast
An Easter Song in the Folk Idiom for Voice and Piano or Organ
Carey Blyton 2¼ mins Modus Music
£3.00
Cover
Notes: Written as an entry to the 1967 Southern TV A Carol for Easter competition, where it reached the semifinals (the last twelve from a field of over 1,000 entries); originally composed for voice and guitar; broadcast in a Southern TV religious programme at Easter 1967 (to an accompaniment of two guitars and a ‘backing’ by the Mike Sammes Singers); published in 1999 and dedicated at that time to Gary Higginson, a composer and former student who had put on performances of many of Carey’s works at St Helen’s School, Abingdon
1967
Opus 23b
Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland
for High Voice and String Orchestra
Various 15 mins Modus Music
£10.00
Cover
Notes: Movements are: 1. Prelude; 2. Song 1: Madrigal; 3. Interlude I; 4. Song 2: The Moon; 5. Intrlude II; 6. Song 3: The Open Door; 7. Interlude III; 8. Song 4: The Sick Rose; 9. Interlude IV; 10. Song 5: Sonnet; 11. Postlude
1967
Opus 53
SchoolThe Faber Book of Nursery Songs
A Collection of Ninety Songs, Very Simply Arranged for Voices and School Instruments
Out of print Cover
Notes: Illustrated by Alan Howard; 175 pages; published in the UK by Faber & Faber in hardback (1968) and paperback (1985); published as Every Child’s Book of Nursery Songs in the US by Crown Publishers, New York, 1968
1968
Opus 56b
SchoolStephen was a Stable-boy
Trad. Swedish Carol arr. for Voice(s) and School Instruments
Out of print info i
Notes: Originally published by Faber & Faber; republished by G. Schirmer, USA
1968
(No opus number)
Blue Christmas
A Carol in the Blues Idiom for Voice and Piano
Peter Westmore 3¾ mins Modus Music
£3.00
Cover
Notes: Carey Blyton’s entry in the 1968 Southern TV A Carol for Christmas competition
September 1972 SchoolBananas in Pyjamas
A Book of Nonsense, illustrated by Tom Barling
Carey Blyton 5½ mins Australian Broadcasting Corporation Cover
Notes: A collection of seventeen nonsense poems, seven set to music, with illustrations by Tom Barling; songs are: 1. Bananas in Pyjamas; 2. The Luxurious Shoe-horn; 3. Sally the Pig; 4. The Stork; 5. Sing a Song of Science; 6. The Manatee; 7. The Axolotl
1975
Opus 71a
God’s Gifts
for Voice(s) and Piano
2 mins Out of print info i
Notes: Written for the Josef Weinberger album, New Hymns for Young People; republished in the USA by Edward B. Marks Music Corporation
27th June 1975
Opus 69e
Pianoman
A Music Hall Parody with a Ragtime Chorus
Carey Blyton 2½ mins Modus Music
£3.60
Cover
Notes: Song based on Mock Joplin; a saxophone-free version of op. 69b; dedicated to Soo-Bee Lee (soprano) and performed by her on the CD Carey Blyton: The folksong arrangements
Summer 1952, revised Summer 1979
Opus 14
Moresques
Three Songs for Soprano, Flute, Harp and Piano
David Munro 16 mins Edizioni Bèrben info i
Notes: Songs are: 1. A Yellow Flower; 2. Simoom; 3. Love-song of the Lady of Granada
January 1982
Opus 84
The Maiden Deceived
A British Folk Song Cycle for Voice, Horn, Clarinet and Piano
11 mins Modus Music
£12.00
Cover
Notes: Songs are: 1. Early One Morning; 2. Bobby Shafto; 3. O, Waly, Waly; 4. Early One Morning/What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor; 5. There is a Tavern in the Town
Summer 1988
Opus 35b
SchoolSongs for Juniors 1
Three Food Songs
for Voice(s) and Guitar
Various 3 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Guitar transcription for the Edward Lear Commemoration Concerts at the BMIC, Autumn 1988; songs are: 1. Early Bacon (A. Stodart-Walker); 2. Sink Song (J. A. Lindon); 3. Bacon and Eggs (A. P. Herbert)
Summer 1988
Opus 38b
SchoolSongs for Juniors 3
Three Bird Songs
for Voice(s) and Guitar
Carey Blyton & Anon. 3 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Guitar transcription for the Edward Lear Commemoration Concerts at the BMIC, Autumn 1988; songs are: 1. The Cormorant (Anon.); 2. The Stork (Carey Blyton); 3. The Elephant (Anon.)
Summer 1988
Opus 40b
SchoolSongs for Juniors 2
Three Insect Songs
for Voice(s) and Guitar
Various 3 mins Manuscript info i
Notes: Guitar transcription for the Edward Lear Commemoration Concerts at the BMIC, Autumn 1988; songs are: 1. Taking the Veil (Harry Graham); 2. Poor Fly (Anon.); 3. Swat a Life! (Don Marquis)
1992
Opus 100½
The Flea
for Voice and Piano
“Adam Had ’em” (Anon.) 1 minute Modus Music
£2.10
Cover
Notes: One of twenty songs written by past and present members of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain upon the retirement of Elizabeth Yeoman after 26 years as General Secretary (1966–1992); these songs, comprising An Elizabethan Songbook, were first performed by students at the Royal College of Music, London on 21st January 1993
1996 or 1997
Opus 103½
Indigo Blues
A Colonial Song for Medium Voice and Piano
Carey Blyton 1¼ mins Modus Music
£2.10
Cover
Notes: An unashamed send-up of Glibert & Sullivan; dedicated to “Jan Stericker (‘Mrs Fiveboys’)”, Carey’s next-door neighbour in Woodbridge, whose grandparents had an indigo plantation in Bihar, north-west India; score states that the song was written in “Hardh Pawncore, 1899”, which may not be accurate
27th June 1995
(No opus number)
The Rose and the Nightingale
Eastern Song arr. for Voice, Flute (or Alto Flute) and Harp
Rosa Newmarch (English); M.-D. Calvocoressi (French); A. Koltsov (original Russian) 2½ mins Fand Music Press
Product page
£7.45
Cover
Notes: Dedicated to Sheherezade (Verona Chard, Soprano; Denise Dance, Flute; Fiona Clifton-Welker, Harp)
January/February 2000
Opus 109
Lyrics from the East
Five Miniatures for Tenor and Piano
Various 4½ mins Fand Music Press
Product page
£7.45
Cover
Notes: Written for Ian and Jennifer Partridge in thanks for their contribution to the CD, Carey Blyton: The Early Songs; songs are: 1. The Blast of Love (Sappho); 2. Paradise (Omar Khayyam); 3. Evening (Anon.); 4. Night (Anon.); 5. Puty-fish (Anon.)
26th February 2000
Opus 110
Dirge for St Patrick’s Night
Ballad for Voice and Piano (or Guitar)
Elsa Corbluth 4½ mins Fand Music Press
Product page
£6.75
Cover
Notes: Commemorates the death in a fire of the poet’s daughter, Eilidh Boadella