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Frank MERRICK (1886-1981)

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Esperanto songs and unaccompanied choral works
London : Frank Merrick Society, 1965
Digital reproduction courtesy of the
Library of Congress - Washington, DC 20540 United States
with special thanks to / with permission of
Phoebe Hope, Paul Antony & Celia Frances MERRICK

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
La Nigra Rajdanto (Streĉita Kordo)
Kalocsay, Kalman (1891-1976)
[por vira aŭ virina voĉo kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "Ĉe l' vojo: fulga trab' de dom', ..."
 : "An dem Weg: ein verrußter Hausbalken, ..."
 : "By the road a sooty house-beam, ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
Zamenhof, Ludwik Lejzer (1859-1917)
[por vira aŭ virina voĉo kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "Pluvas kaj pluvas kaj pluvas, ..."
 : "Es regnet und regnet und regnet und regnet, ..."
 : "It's raining, and raining, and raining, and raining, ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
Boulton, Marjorie (1924-2017)
[por vira aŭ virina voĉo kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "Neĝis dumnokte. ..."
 : "Es hat des Nachts geschneit. ..."
 : "It snowed in the night. ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
Boulton, Marjorie (1924-2017)
[por kontralta aŭ vira voĉo kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "Statuo, ŝtono en dezerto, ..."
 : "Ein Standbild, ein Stein in der Wüste, ..."
 : "A statue, a stone in the desert, ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
Boulton, Marjorie (1924-2017)
[por voĉo kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "Mi sentas nun fieron ..."
 : "Ich platze vor Stolz ..."
 : "I'm feeling very proud ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
La Hirundoj
Thevenin, Lucien Jacques (1891–1962)
[por virina aŭ infana-j voĉo-j kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "La hirundoj migris al pli varma lando. ..."
 : "Die Schwalben zogen in ein wärmeres Land. ..."
 : "The swallows have migrated to a warmer country. ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
Thevenin, Lucien Jacques (1891–1962)
[por vira aŭ virina voĉo kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "La lacerto sur la muro ..."
 : "Die Eidechse auf der Mauer ..."
 : "The lizard on the wall ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
Thevenin, Lucien Jacques (1891–1962)
[por vira aŭ virina voĉo kun piano]

Sybil Michelow, mezzo-soprano - Frank Merrick, piano

 : "La vent' oktobra bruas ..."
 : "Der Oktoberwind braust ..."
 : "The October wind is raging ..."

Merrick, Frank (1886-1981)
Psalmo XXIII
[por neakompanitaj voĉoj]

London International Choir - Lawrence Watts, conductor

 : "La Eternulo estas mia paŝtisto; mi mankon ne havos. ..."
 : "Der Herr ist mein Hirt, nichts wird mir fehlen. ..."
 : "The Lord is my shepherd; 1 shall not want. ..."

Frank Merrick, now (in November 1965) approaching his 80th birthday is bring treated in some quarters merely as a veteran pianist. This does scant justice to either the musician or the man. He is eternally youthful and still retains at this advanced age the form as a pianist for which he was hailed so long ago as 191O as the "master-mind" which appears but seldom an the musical horizon. Moreover, not only is he an outstanding pianist but he is many things besides. First and foremost he is a great humanitarian whose principles are portrayed in his actions in even the smallest matters. As a young man he laboured in the cause of "Womens Suffrage" which he was to nee triumph; in his compassion for the animal world he became and has ever remained a vegetarian; he, with other brave spirits, went to prison for his conscientious objection in the firnt World War and has since always associated himself with various movements aimed at the furtherance of human dignity, such as prison reform and the abolition of the death penalty. Last, but not least, he has been since 1917 a keen Esperantist in furtherance of the cause of Human Brotherhood.

With all these interests in which he has taken an active part, he has pursued his musical life. This has resulted not only in his having held the post of Professor of Pianoforte, first at the Royal Manchester College of Music and later at the Royal College of Music and still holding a similar post at Trinity College of Music but also, and almost miraculously, in his having retained down to this very day his astonishing facility as a pianist.

In the month of November, 1965, Frank Merrick will be giving a recital at Bristol University to celebrate his first recital at the age of nine at Bristol, where he was born and brought up. At that time Paderewski heard him play and on his reconmendation Frank Merrick was taken to study with Leschetizky in Vienna where his fellow pupils included Schnabel and many others who also later made their mark. A bit later he toured Australia and New Zealand with Clara Butt and Kernerley Rumford. There he introduced audiences to the then strange new world of Debussy!

In 191O Frank Merrick took part in the Competition for the Rubinstein Prize in St. Petersburg (now Leningrad), where he gained a Diploma for piano playing and composition. The President of the panel of judges was Glazunov and one of the members was Esipoff.

Frank Merrick is not only a great pianist but also a composer of standing. Apart from many unpublished Works for orchestra, piano and other instruments as well as for unaccompanied choirs, he is the composer of two movements in symphonic form designed as a completion of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. These won a prize in 1928 in the Competition organized by the Columbia Gramophone Company of that day in commemoration of the centenary of Schubert's death. These viere issued an two Columbia 78 r.p.m. records.

Now in this year 1965 the Frank Merrick Society hope to release the firnt Long Playing record of this work, as will be seen from the leaflet enclosed with this issue of "(?)". Esperantists will be particularly interested in the projected issue, also listed in the leaflet, of a record containing Esperanto songs composed by Frank Merrick and splendidly sung by Sybil Michelow, and his 23rd Psalm sung by the London International Choir, another organisation aiming at the furtherance of Human Brotherhood. It is hoped that orders for this record will bring many new members of the Society, who may also wish to purchase other records and become acquainted with Frank Merrickls exceptional playing.

Frank Merrick is a leading authority an John Field. From the early days of 2LO at Savoy Hill he has been a frequent broadcaster and, having broadcast Works by Field, he was chosen to record for Parlophone in 1937 in commemoration of the centenary of Field's death his Sonata in C minor (Op.1 No.3) and Nocturne in A flat. More recently he has edited for Musica Britannica the full scoren of Fields first three concertos, which were printed for the first time by Messrs. Stainer and Bell. He has recorded the second of these an FMS 13, copies of which are still available from the Society.

Frank Merrick is the author of a book entitled "Practising the Piano", published by the Company now known as Barrie and Rockliff. This has had quite a vogue, both here and in the States.

Frank Merrick's position in the musical world is shown by the fact that next year (1966) he succeeds Yehudi Menuhin as President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

As an Esperantist Frank Merrick has been a familiar figure over the years at many Conferences both at home and abroad when an occasions he has delighted the delegates with his playing, talks, and the performance of his songs.


Frank Merrick has been twice married. His first wife was the pianist and composer, Hope Squire, who was his constant companion and helpmate for upwards of 25 years.

By his second marriage to a former pupil, Sybil Case, he has three children. He has four grandchildren.

Finally it may be asked why, in the face of such renown, there should be any need for a Frank Merrick Society. The fact is that whereas perceptive spirits can assess the uniqueness of Frank Merrick's art, the great musical public is not made up of such, for them the authorities, whether in the Concert or the recording world, can but cater, and for the most part what appeals is showmanship and not true art. Frank Merrick is a dedicated artist and an essentially modest man. It was felt a few years ago by a group of friends and admirers of Frank Merrick that posterity should not be deprived of all knowledge of his art. They, therefore, formed the Frank Merrick Society for the purpose of spreading knowledge of this by the issue of records of his performances and his compositions and the promotion of recitals at which these could be heard.

Brian O'Brien 1965


  3. Portreto
  4. « Veteranentreffen anlässlich des 42. Esperanto-Weltkongresses, Marseille 1957 »
  5. University of Bristol Library Special Collections
    DM2103: Papers of Frank Merrick and Hope Squire
    DM2103/F: Section Papers of Frank Merrick
    DM2103/F/2: Series Music by Frank Merrick
    Catalogue of Frank Merrick’s music
    Esperanto songs
    Gramophone records by Frank Merrick
    /7 Works by Frank Merrick: Esperanto Songs sung by Sybil Michelow and Psalm XXIII in Esperanto sung by the London International Choir and conducted by Lawrence Watts; setting of John Redwood Anderson's 'The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Graunia' sung by the Ashwell Festival Choir, 1965 (FMS 17)
  8. Registraĵoj sur youtube:
    - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat (1905)
    - Piano Concerto No. 2 in E minor (1912)
    - John Field (1782-1837) - Nocturne for piano No. 3 in A flat major, H. 26 -- Un poco allegretto
    - Balakirev - op 102 Sonata in B-flat minor. III
    ... (eventuale pliaj)
  9. Esperanto songs and unaccompanied choral works (Musik-LP) - London : Frank Merrick Society, ℗ 1965 - Library of Congress - Washington, DC 20540 United States
    1 / 2a / 2b
  10. 1 / 2 / 3
  12. Muzika Terminaro - M.C. Butler kaj F. Merrick
    Dua eldono 1960 - Esperanto Press, Oakville, Ontario, Kanado