Composed 1 symphony* (several others unfinished), Elegy for strings*, Suite in
G major*, Fantasia for strings, Suite for strings, Prelude for winds and
double-basses; 22 piano sonatas and other pieces (10 Sonatas issued on LP by
Altarus or cassette by the British Music Society); 4 Violin Sonatas and 1 for
solo violin*, Cello Sonata*, 3 Clarinet Sonatas, others for Oboe, Horn, Cor
Anglais, and other instrumental pieces, Trio in A for flute, violin & viola*, 2
string quartets, &c. 2 dozen songs and part-songs,
Kyrie for 10-part chorus unaccompanied. Completions of several Schubert piano
pieces. Items marked (*) issued on CD by Marco Polo.
Truscott had several BBC broadcasts in the 1950s but the new
Controller of Music in 1959 -- William Glock -- and Truscott did not get on. Apart
from an isolated broadcast in 1969 of Piano Sonatas 7 (dedicated to Havergal
Brian and described by the dedicatee as a real "tour de force") & 10 by John
Ogdon, Truscott’s music languished unheard until the the 1980s when the Altarus
label recorded 8 Sonatas (with Peter Jacobs), followed by Marco Polo in the
early 1990s with several orchestral and chamber works.
Truscott was a well-known writer on music, c. 1945--1990, publishing two books, on Beethoven’s Late Quartets (Dobson 1968) and Franz Schmidt’s Orchestral Music (Toccata Press 1984).
Also a teacher on music, finally retiring in 1979 as Principal Lecturer at Huddersfield College (now University).