Music & Song
Shaw's scholarship and research were key to the success of Songs of Praise and the Oxford Book of Carols. But he was a prolific editor of all kinds of music, amongst other things part-songs (for Cramer), books of national song, (Songs of Britain, National Anthems of the World) , and songs for the Girl Guides, for whom he composed their anthem Glad Hearts Adventuring –also adopted by a number of schools.
THE ENGLISH HYMNAL (with RVW & Percy Dearmer)
While Shaw's contritbution to the EH was not acknowleged in the original 1906 publication, he is credited as co-music editor in later editions.
It may be that he wanted to keep away from any form of notoriety so soon after the painful end to his engagement with Edy Craig, which occured around this time. (See 'A Strange Eventful History' by Michael Holroyd for more details.)
OUP 1906, 1933 etc.
A collection of 100 English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish national songs
Correspondence with Ethel Kidson is in the Martin Shaw Archive. Contact the British Library via email at : firstname.lastname@example.org
"It is a remarkable thing that the Victorian era –which produced, in the ordinary way of business, a book with such beautiful and appropriate wood-cuts as those contained in a popular volume of Carols now lying before me– should have produced no musician willing to arrange the tunes for choral use in a manner corresponding to the sturdy peasant-note which is so characteristic of them ; no musician, indeed, who could even perceive that a folk-tune is a different thing from a sentimental part-song..."
From Shaw's Preface to The English Carol Book
70 + pages 32 traditional English carols
A R Mowbray 1913
39 pages 52 hymn tunes
Faith Press 1917, 1921, 1925
22 carols (first appearance of The Coventry Carol)
A R Mowbray 1919
Various volumes with different subjects, the MSBs were published for the League of Arts for National and Civic Ceremony to be used for the celebrations at the end of WW1.
Stainer & Bell 1919
24 pages 17 hymns
Another publication for the League of Arts
Note: William Challenger was a pseudonym used by Martin Shaw
270 individual titles
Cramer c.1923 - c.1945
The first edition of this popular work, which was later enlarged.
753 pages 470 hymns
Sets 1 to 14, varying number of pieces in each set.
Cramer 1925 - 1962
25 pages 14 hymns
Still in print, the OBC is a thesaurus of the genre, with carols for Easter, harvest and autumn as well as for Christmas. Martin Shaw's scholarship and research reached its height in this volume –he and Percy Dearmer (Words Editor) having worked on the English Carol Book in the past.
152 pages 113 hymns and doxologies
OUP 1929, 1952
The immediate success of the first edition of Songs of Praise gave rise to calls for 'More!' This second, enlarged, edition saw the first appearance of Morning has Broken. The book continued in popularity, accompanying generations of school children growing up from the 1930s onwards, selling by the million in the 1950s. It is still in print today.
930 pages 700 plus hymns
OUP 1931 1963
See also the companion volume: SONGS OF PRAISE DISCUSSED (Dearmer/Jacob)
A handbook to the best-known hymns and to others recently introduced.
Informative monographs on the hymns, tunes, authors and composers in Songs of Praise.
So widely distributed in libraries world-wide it is a pity the information given is not referred to more often by those writing on the subject.
c. 1932 -1951
33 pages 121 chants of traditional folk melodies
108 pages 54 carols
A R Mowbray 1938 
23 pages, 11 anthems
List of Anthems, English writers/translators in italics
• Free France : La Marseillaise tr. Percy Bysse Shelley & Elizabeth Shaw
• Belgium : La Brabançonne tr. Diccon and Elizabeth Shaw
• Norway : "Ja, vi elsker dette Landet" tr. Helen Ingeborg Hudson
• Poland tr. Martin Shaw
• Netherlands : Wilhelmus van Nassouwe tr. Martin Shaw
• Czechoslovak : "Kde domov muj?" tr. Martin Shaw
• Greece tr. Rudyard Kipling
• Canada : O Canada! Sir Harold Boulton; air arranged by Sir Arthur Somervell
• Australia : Advance Australia Fair –words & tune: Amicus
• New Zealand: God Defend New Zealand
words : Thomas Bracken; music : John J. Woods
• The United Kingdom of the British Commonwealth of Nations :
"God Save the King" origin of both words and melody obscure. Earliest copy of words in Gentlman's Magazine, 1745
Introduction & 21 Carols from the Oxford Book of Carols
NATIONAL ANTHEMS OF THE WORLD (with Henry Coleman)
Shaw's work on National Anthems of the Allies was expanded to create National Anthems of the World, and was published posthumously by co-editor Henry Coleman.
For the English versification of some anthems, Shaw turned to his journalist daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Elizabeth Montgomery Campbell), and his nephew, the actor Sebastian Shaw, who worked on them during in their free time whilst in the WAAF/RAF during WWII.
330 pages 111 National Anthems, list of National Days
The first volume of its kind to be published, and still in print, different editors have updated and enlarged the book over the years. The current editor is Michael Jamieson Bristow.
First published 1960, now in its 11th edition.