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A very short list of works:

   •   Symphony in C minor , 1889
   •   Orchestral Picture: Cloud and Sunshine, Philharmonic Society 1890
   •   Symphony in E minor, 1892
   •   Violin Concerto in D minor, 1896
   •   The Triumph of Alcestis, Scena for Contralto and Orchestra, Sheffield Festival 1902
   •   Ode to the North-East Wind, Choral Ballad, Norwich Festival 1905
   •   "A Silent Voice", song
   •   Coronation March 1910

A good bio on MusicWebhttp://www.musicweb-international.com/cliffe/

from The New Grove:

                  English pianist, organist, composer and teacher. Cliffe’s musical gifts were evident early in life: he was an accomplished pianist at the age of six and a church organist when he was 11; at 16 he was organist to the Bradford Festival Choral Society. In 1883, after studying at the National Training School of Music, he joined the piano teaching staff of the RCM, where his pupils included John Ireland and Arthur Benjamin.  . . .  Frederic Cliffe also taught at the RAM and travelled extensively as a solo pianist, accompanist and examiner. He was organist to the 1886 Leeds Festival when Sullivan’s Golden Legend was produced and Bach’s B minor Mass was first performed in Leeds, Cliffe having arranged the organ part. In London he was organist to the Bach Choir (1888–94) and to several principal theatres. His compositions, including two symphonies and a violin concerto, were very highly esteemed early in his career, but he ceased composing after about 1905 and long outlived his reputation as a composer.


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Re: Frederic Cliffe [1857-1931] - the English composer that quit
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2016, 04:12:58 PM »
As far as I can find, the other symphony remains unrecorded.   No, there is a private pressing - see below.



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Re: Frederic Cliffe [1857-1931] - the English composer that quit
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2016, 04:15:04 PM »
Good writing for the violin part, Romantic in nature.



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Re: Frederic Cliffe [1857-1931] - the English composer that quit
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2016, 05:40:02 PM »
http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Nov/Cliffe_sy2.htm

Frederic CLIFFE (1857-1931)
Symphony No. 2 in E minor (1893) [59:59]
Coronation March (1910) [7:31]
Lambeth Orchestra/Christopher Fifield
rec. All Saints Church, West Dulwich, London, 18 July 2015 (symphony); 6 December 2014 (public performance) (march)
ELYROSE PROMOTIONS no catalogue number



private pressing - may be available by contacting:  cgfifield@btinternet.com
UPDATE-looks like the disc runs about a £10 note, and a £5 note for overseas shipping.
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Re: Frederic Cliffe [1857-1931] - the English composer that quit
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2016, 10:31:52 PM »
"the English composer that quit"

"The English composer who stopped composing" would be more English.
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Re: Frederic Cliffe [1857-1931] - the English composer that quit
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2016, 11:44:27 PM »
Yes, that WOULD be "more English" (number of words?   :P )
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Re: Frederic Cliffe [1857-1931] - the English composer that quit
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2016, 12:11:50 AM »
The English Composer Who Should have Persevered but Quit, and The English ComposerS Who Should have Quit but Kept on Composing
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