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Capriol Suite (arr Beeler)

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Peter Warlock

Peter Warlock (arr. Walter Beeler)

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Subtitle: Based on Dance Tunes from Arbeau's 'Orchésographie' (1588)

General Info

Year: 1926 / 1959
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano duet
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


1. Basse-danse
2. Pavane
3. Tordion
4. Bransles
5. Pieds-en-l'air
6. Mattachins


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Peter Warlock was the “musical nom de plume” of Philip Heseltine (1894-1930), an intensely colorful Englishman who, in 1926, composed his most famous work for string orchestra, Capriol. In March 1928 Warlock scored a setting of this music for full orchestra, which is rarely performed.

- Program note by Richard Frazier

The Capriol Suite is a set of dances composed in October 1926 by Peter Warlock, and is considered one of his most popular works. Originally written for piano duet, Warlock later scored it for both string and full orchestras. According to the composer, it was based on tunes in Thoinot Arbeau's Orchésographie, a manual of Renaissance dances. Nevertheless, Warlock's biographer, Cecil Gray, said that "if one compares these tunes with what the composer has made of them it will be seen that to all intents and purposes it can be regarded as an original work."

The work is dedicated to the Breton Composer Paul Ladmirault.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

  • Florida: IV
  • Maryland: IV


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Capriol Suite, Wikipedia Accessed 8 September 2018
  • Warlock, P.; Beeler, W.; Arbeau, T. (1959). Capriol suite : Based on Dance Tunes from Arbeau's 'Orchésographie' (1588) [score]. J. Curwen & Sons: London.