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HERBERT HOWELLS  

(1892 - 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

Hymnus Paradisi, written in 1938, a requiem for the composer’s son, was first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in the West of England in 1950, when it won considerable success. In it Howells used elements drawn from his earlier Requiem, written for King’s College Choir. Hymnus Paradisi was followed by the Missa Sabrinensis and a setting of the Stabat mater. Howells also contributed to the repertoire of church music for the Church of England, with anthems and motets well suited to resonant cathedral acoustics. His songs include settings of a number of poems by his friend Walter de la Mare.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
English Choral Music Naxos 8.501007

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ABIDE WITH ME AND OTHER FAVOURITE HYMNS Naxos
8.557578
Choral - Sacred
CANDLELIGHT CAROLS BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5028
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Saint Clement's Choir - HOWELLS, H. / BAX, A. / HORSLEY, W. / HARRIS, W.H. / STANFORD, C.V. / FERGUSON, W. (Hymns of Heaven and Earth) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90259
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - BAINTON, E. / THOMPSON, R. / MOZART, W.A. / CASALS, P. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / PARRY, H. / DURUFLE, M. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3300
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - DUPRE, M. / MULET, H. / RHEINBERGER, J. / FARRELL, B. / LANGLAIS, J. / WARLOCK, P. / HOWELLS, H. / KELLAM, I. Delos
DE3129
Choral - Sacred
CHORAL WEDDING (A) - A Selection of Favourite Choral Anthems and Hymns for Church Weddings Naxos
8.578196-97
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY (A) - In Terra Pax (Doyle, Williams, City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, Wetton) Naxos
8.572102
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC - A Winter's Light (Vasari Singers, Ford, Backhouse) Naxos
8.573030
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Ett barn ar fott - Julsanger fran hela varlden Naxos
8.554490
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Julen Stjarna (Christmas Star) Naxos
8.557790
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS Star Over Bethlehem: Choral Jewels for Christmas Naxos
8.555049
Choral - Sacred
ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.557557-58
Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
English Organ Music, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550582
Instrumental
English Organ Music, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550773
Instrumental
Faire is the Heaven: Hymns and Anthems Naxos
8.557037
Choral - Sacred
HEAR MY PRAYER - Hymns and Anthems Naxos
8.557493
Choral - Sacred
HOWELLS, H.: Stabat Mater / Te Deum (Collegium Regale) / Sine Nomine (The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill) Naxos
8.573176
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
HOWELLS: Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens Naxos
8.570352
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
HOWELLS: Requiem / Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing Naxos
8.554659
Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Choral - Sacred
HOWELLS: Rhapsodic Quintet / Violin Sonata No. 3 Naxos
8.557188
Chamber Music
MAGNIFICAT - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556710
Choral - Sacred
Psalms for the Soul Naxos
8.554823
Choral - Sacred
PSALMS FOR THE SPIRIT Naxos
8.557781
Choral - Sacred
Vocal Recital: Vyvyan, Jennifer - PURCELL, H. / MORLEY, T. / ARNE, T.A. / HORN, C.E. / GRAINGER, P. (Songs of England) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81175
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