Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Herbert Howells

Herbert Howells was born in Lydney, Gloucester on 17th October 1892. In 1912 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, studying composition with C. V. Stanford, Herbert Parry and Charles Wood and he went on to teach composition at the RCM for nearly sixty years. Primarily known nowadays for his church music, Howells also wrote extensively in most instrumental chamber genres. The titles published by Stainer & Bell all date from his twenties and include his much-loved carols A Spotless Rose, Here is the little door and Sing Lullaby.


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Before me, careless lying. (1919) SSATB (Ref. W219)
Here is the Little Door. (1918) SATB (Ref. CC216) [PDF]
Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis in G. (1918) SATB and Organ (Ref. CS216)
Sing Lullaby. (1920) SATB (Ref. CC228) [PDF]
Spotless Rose, A. (1919) SATB (Ref. CC220) [PDF]
Winds Whistle Cold, The. (1914) TTBB (Ref. MV44)

Chamber Ensemble

Pieces for Violin & Piano, Three. (1917) (Ref. H405)
Pastorale; Chosen Tune; Luchinuska
Quartet in A minor, Op 21. (1916) (Ref. H410)
Rhapsodic Quintet, Op31. (1917) Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola and Cello. Score & Parts (Ref. H411) [PDF]


Prelude for Harp. (1915) (Ref. H422)


Rhapsody No. 1 in D flat. (1915) (Ref. 16069)
Rhapsody No. 2 in E flat. (1918) (Ref. 16070)
Rhapsody No. 3 in C sharp minor. (1918) (Ref. 16071)

From the Archives...

The following titles by Herbert Howells are not in our current sales catalogue, but are available to special order as authorised photocopies through our archive library. They are now available through ouronline shop.

Bells. 2 voices and Piano. (Ref. 40117)
Mally O. Voice and Piano. (Ref. 49901)
Mother, Mother. Voice and Piano. (Ref. 40116)
The Restful Branches. Voice and Piano. (Ref. 49663)
Three Rondeaux (Roses; A Rondel of Rest; Her scuttle Hatt). Voice and Piano. (Ref. 49842)
Sea Urchins. Children's Voices and Piano. (Ref. 43611)
Singe lully by, lully. 2-Part Song and Piano. (Ref. 53026)
Song of Welcome. Voice and Piano. (Ref. 42468)
Weep you no more. TTBB. (Ref. 51668)

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