The Norman O’Neill Edition 


This edition was prepared in spring 2018 at the Royal College of Music, where a large proportion of O’Neill’s manuscripts are held. Five important pieces have been made available to the wider public for the first time: the Piano Trio in A minor Op.7, the Piano Quintet in E minor Op.10, the Theme and Variations on ‘Pretty Polly Oliver’ (for Piano Trio), the String Quartet in C major, and the complete set of Drei Lieder.  We are grateful to the editor, 

Bruno Bower, for consulting the manuscripts in great detail for this edition and developing a comprehensive editorial policy (link to editorial statement PDF). In addition, many thanks go to Lloyd Smith for generously providing his typeset versions of the four chamber works for strings. 


You can download the general editorial statement by Bruno Bower by clicking here.


Please click here for a list of manuscripts held in the collections of the Royal College of Music, which include many unpublished orchestral scores as well as further songs, chamber music and piano music by Norman O’Neill. Please see the Manuscript numbers MS 4351–MS 4 433 and MSS 7334–74.

They can be made available to scholars and other interested parties by the RCM Library.

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