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Herbert Howells (10/17/1892 - 2/23/1983)

Herbert Howells started his musical career as a cathedral organist. He succeeded Gustav Holst as director of music at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and taught composition for many years at the Royal College of Music. A pupil of Stanford and Charles Wood at the Royal College, he wrote music within the prevailing English tradition, showing some affinity with Vaughan Williams in his choral music.

Orchestral Music

The orchestral music of Howells includes two piano concertos, a Pastoral Rhapsody and, in 1949, Music for a Prince. The Concerto for strings of 1939 was followed by a Suite, also for string orchestra.

Chamber Music

Howells wrote an interesting Phantasy Quartet and a later string quartet, In Gloucestershire. Among other compositions for instrumental ensemble are a Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet and string quartet, sonatas for oboe and for clarinet and piano, and three violin sonatas.

Organ Music

As an organist by training, Howells added significantly to the repertoire of English organ music, notably in two organ sonatas, four organ rhapsodies, and sets of psalm preludes.

Vocal and Choral Music



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