Herbert Howells

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Nationality: English
Born: October 17, 1892, Lydney Died: February 23, 1983, London (age 90)

Piano Quartet in a minor, Op. 21

(for violin, viola, cello and piano)
10:58 I. Allegro moderato, tranquillo
9:14 II. Lento, molto tranquillo
6:58 III. Allegro molto, energico
Duration: 28 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1916 (age 23-24)
Published: 1918, London: Stainer & Bell (age 25-26)
Revised: 1936 (age 43-44)
Dedication: To the Hill at Chosen and Ivor Gurney who knows it.
3 recordings, 9 videos
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11:07
Primrose Piano Quartet
I. Allegro moderato, tranquillo
8:27
Primrose Piano Quartet
II. Lento, molto tranquillo
6:42
Primrose Piano Quartet
III. Allegro molto, energico
10:44
Lyric Quartet
I. Allegro moderato, tranquillo
9:23
Lyric Quartet
II. Lento, molto tranquillo
6:53
Lyric Quartet
III. Allegro molto, energico
11:10
Ames Piano Quartet
I. Allegro moderato, tranquillo
9:10
Ames Piano Quartet
II. Lento, molto tranquillo
7:08
Ames Piano Quartet
III. Allegro molto, energico
From Edition Silvertrust

Herbert Howells "Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet in a minor, Op.21, dates from 1916 and is in three movements. It is dedicated to Choscn and his friend Ivor Gurney, the poet. Choscn is a hill lying midway between Gloucester and Cheltenham which on a clear day commands an excellent view of the Malvern Hills. The opening movement, Allegro moderato tranquillo, begins with sweeping phrases using pentatonic tonalities. Howells employs the cyclic principle and there are thematic links between each of the movements. The middle movement, Lento molto tranquillo, is elegiac and builds on a theme from the prior Allegro moderato. The finale, Allegro molto energico, is a spirited folk dance."

The Chamber Music Journal

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) was born in Lydney, Gloucestershire. His father was an amateur organist, and Herbert himself showed early musical promise. He attended the Royal College of Music where he studied with Charles Villiers Stanford, Hubert Parry and Charles Wood. Stanford considered Howells one of his most brilliant and gifted students and persuaded him to enter the first Carnegie Trust composition competition in 1916. His Piano Quartet in a minor, Op.21 won first prize. He subsequently taught at the Royal College of Music and later at London University.

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