He is noted as an influence on several English composers, including Peter Warlock. Roger Quilter's output of songs, more than one hundred in total, added to the canon of English art song that is still sung today. Among the most popular are "Love's Philosophy", "Come Away Death", "Weep You No More", "By the Sea", and his setting of "O Mistress Mine". Quilter's setting of verses from the Tennyson poem "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" is one of his earliest songs but is nonetheless characteristic of the later, mature style. In November 1936, Quilter's opera Julia was presented at Covent Garden by the British Music Drama Opera Company under the direction of Vladimir Rosing. Quilter enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with the tenor Gervase Elwes until the latter's death in 1921. As a homosexual, he found it difficult to cope with some of the pressures which he felt were imposed upon him, and eventually deteriorated into mental illness after the loss of his nephew during the Second World War. He died at his home in St John's Wood, London, a few months after celebrations to mark his 75th birthday.
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|Quilter: 3 Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6: I. Come Away, Death|
|A Children's Overture|
|My Lady Greensleeves (arr. J. Lloyd Webber for 2 cellos and piano)|