Recordings of Walter Slaughter’s music for the Savile Clarke production of Alice in Wonderland

There are no known recordings of the many productions of Alice in Wonderland that took place between 1886 and 1927. However, recordings of excerpts have been made more recently, and are available. They are listed here, chronologically.

1941, His Master’s Voice, Ann Stephens as Alice.

Music is by Walter Slaughter (but the text is adapted by Edward P Genn).

Introduction and scene with the Caterpillar

Song: You Are Old, Father William

Scene with Duchess and Cheshire Cat

Song: Speak Roughly to your Little Boy

Song: Cheshire Cat

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Song: When the Wind is in The East [extra song written by Walter Slaughter & Aubrey Hopwood for Seymour Hicks’ revival in 1900]

Scene with the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle

Song: Beautiful Soup

Scene with Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Song: The Mulberry Bush

Song: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Scene with Humpty Dumpty and Finale

Song: Humpty Dumpty

Song: Wake, Alice, Wake!

1945, His Master’s Voice, Ann Stephens as Alice.

Most of the music is by Walter Slaughter (but the text is adapted by Edward P Genn).

Scene with the White King

Song: Nobody [by Walter Tilbury, 1903]

Scene with the Lion and the Unicorn

Song: The Lion and the Unicorn

Song: Sound the Festal Trumpets

Scene with Red and White Queens

Song: Wake, Alice, Wake!

1987, Musical Recordings made by Alexandre Reverend

The book, Lewis Carroll and Music by Alexandre Reverend, published by Syndicat du Wonderland, 1987, discusses a variety of aspects of Lewis Carroll and music. It is accompanied by a cassette that includes selected recordings of Walter Slaughter’s music for Alice in Wonderland. These are also available on the associated website, Lewis Carroll et la musique.

Direct link to the list of all musical recordings:

Links to specific recordings:

Song: How Doth the Little Crocodile

Song: Father William

Music: Entrance of the Duchess

Song: Jabberwocky

Song: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Music: Oyster Scene

Music: No.6 Dressing up for Battle (Tweedledum and Tweedledee)

2013, Colin Johnson

The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive website (British Musical Theatre section) has the music as individual MIDI files created by Colin Johnson; click for each individual piece of music (no words).

21 February 2020, University of Kent Cecilian Choir

This adaptation, by Dr Daniel Harding, Deputy Director of Music, was produced as part of the University of Kent’s celebration of the bi-centennial of Sir John Tenniel’s birth. It uses Savile Clarke’s libretto and Walter Slaughter’s music. The production was based upon Act I (Wonderland) only. Some sections of the libretto (and some characters) have been cut, and the Finale of Act II, which reprises the music at the opening of Act I, added to the end, to make it a complete piece with a proper ending. Although the main focus is upon the music, the performance is enacted, in costume, making it the closest to the original play.

Link to the performance (running time one hour):

Vocal Score

A vocal score (with song words) was published by Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, London, 1906, and can be accessed at IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)