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Deeply tinged by the English choral tradition, Howells’s music reflects a subtle and fastidious craftsman who was capable of a restrained, individual eloquence.
Howells studied with Stanford and Wood at the Royal College of Music, where he taught from 1920 almost to his death. He also succeeded Holst at St Paul’s Girls’ School (1932-62) and was professor of music at London University. His music is within an English diatonic tradition embracing Elgar, Walton and Vaughan Williams. The earlier works include two piano concertos and chamber pieces but most of his music is choral, including c15 anthems, a concert Requiem (later reused in Hymnus Paradisi, 1938, first performed 1950), Masses and motets, and some fine songs. Deeply tinged by the English choral tradition, Howells’s music reflects a subtle and fastidious craftsman who was capable of a restrained, individual eloquence.
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