English organist, composer, and teacher
- Born in Lydney, England on October 17, 1892
- He studied with Brewer at Cloucester Cathedral.
- 1912 He won an open scholarship to the Royal Conservatory of Music.
- At the Conservatory he studied with Stanford for composition.
- He was influenced by Parry and admired his philosophy.
- He became sub-organist at Salisbury Cathedral but had to quit in 1917 for health reasons.
- 1917-1980He became a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
- 1936-1962 he was director of music at St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith.
- 1950 he was appointed King Edward VII Professor of Music at London University.
- 1941-45 deputised for Robin Orr as organist of St. John's College in Cambridge
- Died in London, England on February 23, 1983
Howells was not considered famous after his early years, but after his death his works were rediscovered for their depth and range. He uses Gregorian chant as influence. His early music has romantic tendencies with chromaticisms. His later style is quartal/quintal, almost late-romantic: pleasant, and easy to listen to. He uses new harmonic language, but it is not so strange as Messaien's. His most famous sonata is the second. He is known for "creating an ecclesiastical style for the 20th c." (Oxford Music).
For details, see the Wikipedia article on Herbert Howells.
List of Organ Works
|Op. 1||Organ Sonata||1911|
|Op.||Phantasy Ground Bass||1915|
|Op. 32||3 psalm-Preludes set 1||1915-16|
|Op. 17||Rhapsody no. 1||1915|
|Op. 17||Rhapsody no. 2||1918|
|Op. 17||Rhapsody no. 3||1918|
|Op.||Sonata no. 2||1932|
|Op.||3 Psalm-Preludes set 2||1938-39|
|Op.||Fugue, Chorale and Epilogue||1939|
|Op.||Master Tallis's Testament||1940|
|Op.||Preludio Sine nomine||1940|
|Op.||Saraband for the Morning of Easter||1940|
|Op.||Intrata (no. 2)||1941|
|Op.||Saraband In Modo Elegiaco II 1945|
|Op.||Siciliano for a High Ceremony||1952|
|Op.||Prelude De profundis||1958|
|Op.||Rhapsody no. 4||1958|
|Op.||Dalby's Fancy, Dalby's Toccata, A Flourish for a Bidding||1969|
|Op.||St Louis comes to Clifton||1977|
|Op.||6 Short pieces||1987 Post.|
|Op.||2 Slow Airs||1987 Post.|
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- Herbert Howells - Paean (Six Pieces for Organ), performed by Tim Ringer
- Herbert Howells: Rhapsody No. 3 (in C# minor), performed by James Kennerley, Organist and Music Director at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York City
- Howells Psalm Prelude Set 1, No.2, 
- Herbert Howells: Organ Sonata No. 2 (1933) 1st movement, performed by Robert Costin on the organ of Dunedin Town Hall
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