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 where he studied composition with Stanford and was considered the best of his generation of composers. He started his musical career as a cathedral organist and in 1936 succeeded Gustav Holst as director of music at St Paul's Girls' School in London. He taught composition for many years at the Royal College of Music, where Gordon Jacob was one of his pupils.

These works published by Stainer & Bell all date from when Howells was in his twenties. They can be ordered in our online shop where you will also find prices and further information.


The items with [PDF] after them, are links to free sample pages in the Adobe Acrobat format.


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 our online 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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