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John Crook's score
« on: September 29, 2009, 01:31:04 AM »
Has there ever been a recording of the PETER PAN score by John Crook?  I know some of it can be heard on the old radio shows and there are are a couple of selections on 100 Years of Peter Pan, and An Awfully Big Adventure.  But has the entire score ever been recorded?
WHat aabout Steven Oliver's (I think) score the '82 Trevor Nunn version?
Also does anyone have the music for the song that Wendy sings about the house?


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Re: John Crook's score
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2009, 01:33:06 PM »
I have only come across the selection in the recording of 100 Years of Peter Pan - but I'd be interested to hear if a complete recording exists.

There is a book with the complete score of the play by John Crook (including the song for Wendy's House) published in 1905 by Price & Reynolds - copies occasionally turn up on eBay. Or you might be able to consult a copy in a reference library? The book contains music to other plays and is called Peter Pan, Catch of the Season, Etc.

The first two bars of the music also appear in the text of The Peter Pan Picture Book and the Peter Pan Keepsake, both written by Daniel O'Connor and published 1906-07. The PP Picture Book is retold from the play, and is quite different from Barrie's own novelisation.


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Re: John Crook's score
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2024, 01:29:30 PM »
As far as I can tell, this is the complete list of recordings which have been released for sale:

  • "His Master's Voice" catalog number C.1092, "Peter Pan" -- Selection, The Gramophone Company, 1922; Mayfair Orchestra under George W. Byng
  • Columbia Gramophone catalog number 9768, Peter Pan -- Selection, 1929; J.H. Squire Celeste Octet
  • HMV C.2693, "Peter Pan" Selection, sometime in early 1930s; London Palladium Orchestra under Richard Crean.
  • HMV B.9117, B.9118, & B.9119, Scenes, Songs and Music from Sir James M. Barrie's Peter Pan, 1940 cast recording; music conducted by Clifford Greenwood (probably the Duke of York's Theatre house orchestra)
  • BBC Radio 4 Peter Pan: The Original Play and Music, 1989 audio cassette based on the 1986 radio performance; BBC Concert Orchestra under Chris Walker
  • Delos Music DE320, An Awfully Big Adventure: The Best of Peter Pan (1904--1996), includes three tracks of John Crook's music; arranged (and, I think, conducted) by Donald Fraser
  • Sepia Records catalog #1037, 100 Years of Peter Pan, 2004; includes the 1929 and 1940 recordings above
  • JWGrum channel on YouTube,, seems to be a computer-generated rendition of the entire 1907 score
  • Unreleased, I have MIDI files for the entire 1907 score.
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