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List of compositions by Herbert Howells

This is a classified list of compositions by the English composer Herbert Howells.

Stage

  • Mother's Here (incidental music), 1929, collab. G. Jacob, lost
  • Penguinski (ballet), 1933

Orchestral

  • The B's, suite, Op. 13, 1914, unpubd
  • Puck's Minuet, Op. 20 No. 1, 1917
  • Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 16, 1917, unpubd
  • Serenade, String Orchestra, 1917 (arr. from op. 16)
  • Thé Dansant, 1919, lost;
  • Merry Eye, Op. 20 No. 2, 1920
  • Procession, Op. 36, 192
  • Pastoral Rhapsody, 1923, unpubd
  • Paradise Rondel, op. 40, 1925, unpubd
  • King's Herald, 1937, unpubd [1st movt of Pageantry, arr. orch]
  • Concerto for Strings, 1938
  • Folk Tune Set, 1940, unpubd
  • Suite for Strings No. 1, 1942
  • Suite for Strings No. 2, 1942, lost
  • Fanfare for Schools, for brass, timpani, and strings, 1943, unpubd
  • Music for a Prince, 1948 (arr. of 2 movements of The B's)

Concertante

  • Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 4, 1913
  • 3 Dances for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 7, 1915
  • Elegy, for viola, string quartet, and string orchestra, Op. 17, 1917 (arr. from Op. 16)
  • Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 39, 1925
  • Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra, 1937
  • Threnody for Cello and Orchestra, late 1930s, orch. C. Palmer, 1992;

Vocal/Choral Orchestral

  • When cats run home (A.L. Tennyson), SS, orch [orig. version 1907]
  • The Lord shall be my help (fugue), 5vv, str, 1914, unpubd
  • Sir Patrick Spens (trad.), op.23, Bar, SATB, orch, 1917
  • Sine nomine: a Phantasy, op.37, S, T, SATB, orch, 1922
  • The Trial of Jesus (J. Masefield), vv, pf, str, 1926, unpubd
  • In Green Ways, op.43, S, orch/S, pf, 1928 (reworking of 5 Songs for S and chamber orch, 1915)
    1. Under the greenwood tree (W. Shakespeare)
    2. The goat paths (J. Stephens)
    3. Merry Margaret (J. Skelton)
    4. Wanderer's night song (J.W.v. Goethe, trans. Howells)
    5. On the merry first of May (Parker, Aveling
  • A Maid Peerless (medieval poem), SSAA, orch, 1931, rev. 1951
  • A Kent Yeoman's Wooing Song (T. Vautor, T. Ravenscroft), S, Bar, SATB, orch, 1933
  • Hymnus Paradisi, S, T, SATB, orch, 1938
  • Behold O God, Our Defender (Ps lxxxiv), SATB, orch, 1952
  • The House of the Mind (J. Beaumont), SATB, org, str/org, 1954
  • Missa Sabrinensis, S, A, T, B, SATB, orch, 1954
  • An English Mass, SATB, orch, 1955
  • Stabat Mater, T, SATB, orch, 1959–65
  • Michael: A Fanfare Setting, vv, org, orch, 1970, completed C. Palmer, 1992
  • Te Deum (Collegium Regale), SATB, orch, 1977 [version of Te Deum, 1944]

Chamber Music

Three or more instruments

  • Variations for 11 solo insts, op.3, c1913, lost
  • Lady Audrey's Suite, op.19, String Quartet, 1915
  • Piano Quartet, op.21, 1916 (extensive revision in 1936)
  • Phantasy String Quartet, op.25, 1916–17
  • In Gloucestershire [fantasy string quartet] (String Quartet no.3), 1916–c1935 [1st version lost, rev. 1920, final version early 1930s]
  • Rhapsodic Qnt, op.31, clarinet, strings, 1919
  • The Old Mole, Pianoforte Quintet, 1937, unpubd [folktune arr.]
  • Hunsdon House, Pianoforte Quintet, 1937, unpubd [arr.]

One or two instruments

  • Sonata, b, vn, pf, 1911, unpubd
  • Comedy Suite, op.8, cl, pf, c1913, lost
  • Prelude no.1, hp, 1915, unpubd
  • 3 Pieces, op.28, vn, pf, 1917
    1. Pastorale
    2. 'Chosen' Tune
    3. Luchinushka
  • Damsons, vn, pf, c1917, unpubd
  • Phantasy Sonata in E, vn, pf, 1917 (rev. in 1918 as Sonata No. 1, op. 18, vn, pf)
  • Sonata no.2, E-flat, op.26, vn, pf, 1917, unpubd
  • Cradle Song, vn, pf, 1918, unpubd
  • Sonata no.3, e, op.38, vn, pf, 1923
  • A Country Tune, vn, pf, c1925
  • A Croon, vn, pf, c1925
  • Slow Air, vn, pf, c1927
  • Lambert's Clavichord (3 transcrs), vc, pf, 1929
  • Sonata, ob, pf, 1942
  • Minuet (grace for a fresh egg), bn, pf, 1945
  • Sonata, cl, pf, 1946
  • A Near Minuet, cl, pf, 1946
  • 2 Pieces, fl, vn, unpubd
    1. Air
    2. Alla Menuetto
  • Lento, assai espressivo, vn, pf, unpubd

Organ

  • Sonata, c, op.1, 1911
  • Phantasy Ground Bass, c1915, lost
  • 3 Psalm-Preludes set 1, op.32, 1915–16
  • Rhapsody, op.17 no.1, 1915
  • Rhapsody, op.17 no.2, 1918
  • Rhapsody, op.17 no.3, 1918
  • Sonata (no.2), 1932
  • 3 Psalm-Preludes set 2, 1938–39
  • Fugue, Chorale and Epilogue, 1939
  • Master Tallis's Testament, 1940
  • Preludio Sine nomine, 1940
  • Saraband for the Morning of Easter, 1940
  • Paean, 1940
  • Intrata (no.2), 1941
  • Saraband In Modo Elegiaco, 1945
  • Siciliano for a High Ceremony, 1952
  • Prelude De profundis, 1958
  • Rhapsody no.4, 1958
  • 2 Pieces, 1959: Dalby's Fancy, Dalby's Toccata
  • A Flourish for a Bidding, 1969
  • Partita, 1971–2
  • Epilogue, c1971
  • St Louis comes to Clifton, 1977
  • 6 Short Pieces (1987)
  • 2 Slow Airs (1987)
  • Miniatures (1983)

Piano

  • 4 Romantic Pieces, 1908, unpubd [only no.2 extant]
  • Marching song, 1909, unpubd
  • Summer Idylls, 1911, unpubd
  • Minuet, a, c1915, unpubd;
  • Snapshots, op.30, 1916–18
    1. The Street Dancer
    2. The Polar Bear
    3. Wee Willie Winkie
  • Phantasie, 1917, unpubd
  • Sarum Sketches, op.6, 1917
    1. The Ooce march
    2. The Drudge talks to himself
    3. The Drudge forgotten
    4. Ooce reads 'Arabian nights'
    5. Ooce at leisure
    6. Charades
  • Procession, op.14 no.1, 1918
  • Phantasy Minuet, op.27, pianola, 1919
  • Rhapsody, op.14 no.2, 1919
  • Jackanapes, op.14 no.3, 1919
  • The Chosen Tune, 1920
  • Once upon a time …, suite, 1920
    1. A Lonely Princess
    2. Shepherd Boy
    3. An Angry King
    4. The Dark Forest
    5. Good-Fairy
    6. And They Lived Happy Ever After
  • Gadabout, c1922
  • A Mersey Tune, 1924
  • 2 Pieces, 1926
    1. Slow Dance
    2. Cobler's Hornpipe
  • Country Pageant (London, 1928)
    1. Merry Andrew's Procession
    2. Kings and Queens
    3. There was a most beautiful lady
    4. The Mummer's Dance
  • A Little Book of Dances (London, 1928)
    1. Minuet
    2. Gavotte
    3. Pavane
    4. Galliard
    5. Rigadoon
    6. Jig
  • A Sailor Tune (London, 1930)
  • O Mensch bewein dein Sünde gross (arr. Bach: Chorale prelude,bwv 622)
  • Triumph Tune, 1934, arr. 2 pf, 1941, unpubd
  • Promenade for Boys (London, 1938)
  • Promenade for Girls (London, 1938)
  • Minuet, 1939, unpubd
  • Polka, 2 pf, c1939
  • Puck's Minuet, 2 pf, c1941, unpubd [arr. of 2 Pieces for Small Orch, op.20 no.1]
  • Musica Sine Nomine, 1959
  • Pavane and Galliard, 1964, unpubd
  • Et nunc et semper, 1967, unpubd
  • Petrus Suite, 1967–73, unpubd
  • H-plus-H gavotte, 1970, unpubd
  • Sonatina, 1971

Clavichord

  • Lambert's Clavichord, op.41, 1926–7
  • Howells' Clavichord, 1941–61
  • My Lady Harewood's Pavane, 1949, My Lord Harewood's Galliard, 1949; Finzi: his rest, 1956

Brass

  • Pageantry, suite, brass band, 1934;
  • 3 Figures: Tryptych, brass band, 1960;
  • Fanfare to Lead into the National Anthem, brass, perc, org, 1977

Sacred choral

  • Missa Sine Nomine (Mass in the Dorian Mode), SATB, 1912
  • O Salutaris Hostia, SATB (1913)
  • Even Such is Time (W. Raleigh), SATB, SATB, 1913
  • Nunc dimittis, SSAATTBB, 1914
  • 4 Anthems to the Blessed Virgin Mary, op.9, SATB, c1915 [only Regina coeli and Salve Regina extant]
  • Haec Dies, SSATB, c1918
  • Here is the little door (F. Chesterton), SATB, 1918
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, G, SATB, org, c1918
  • A Spotless Rose (14th-century carol), SATB, 1919
  • Blessed are the dead, SATB, SATB, 1920
  • Sing Lullaby (F. Harvey), SATB (London, 1920)
  • Lord, who created man (G. Herbert), 3vv, pf, 1923
  • My master hath a garden (anon.), SS, pf, 1923
  • Morning Service, E , unison vv, org, 1924
  • Evening Service, E , unison vv, org, 1924
  • Te Deum, E , unison vv, 1924
  • Communion Service, E , unison vv, org, 1924
  • When first thine eies unveil (H. Vaughan), T, SATB, org, 1925
  • My eyes for beauty pine (R. Bridges), SATB, org, 1925
  • Requiem, S, A, T, B, SATB, 1932
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, TTBB, org, 1935
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, TB, org, 1941
  • 4 Anthems, SATB, org, 1941
    • O pray for the peace of Jerusalem
    • We have heard with our ears
    • Like as the hart
    • Let God arise
  • Great is the Lord, SATB, org, 1941, unpubd
  • arr.: Sussex Mummers' Carol, vv, str, org, c1942
  • God is gone up (Ps xxxxvii), SATB, org, 1944
  • Te Deum and Jubilate Deo (Collegium Regale), SATB, org, 1944
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Regale), SATB, org, 1945
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Gloucester), SATB, org, 1946
  • Te Deum and Benedictus (Canterbury), SATB, org, 1946
  • Where Wast thou? (Motet for Canterbury), Bar, SATB, org, 1948
  • King of Glory (Herbert), SATB, org, 1949
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (New College, Oxford), SATB, org, c1947
  • Long, Long ago (J. Buxton), SATB, 1950
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Worcester), SATB, org, 1951
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (St Paul's), SATB, org, 1951
  • Te Deum and Benedictus (St George's Chapel, Windsor), SATB, org (London, 1952)
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, b, SATB, org, c1955
  • Office of Holy Communion (Collegium Regale), SATB, org, 1956
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (St Peter in Westminster), SATB, org, 1957
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense), SATB, org, 1957
  • Missa Aedis Christi, SATB, 1958
  • Aubade for a wedding (Levavi oculos meos) (Ps cxxi), S, org, 1959, unpubd
  • A Hymn for St Cecilia (U. Vaughan Williams), SATB, org, 1960
  • Coventry Antiphon (Bible: Isaiah, Haggai), SATB, org, 1961
  • A Sequence for St Michael (Alcuin, trans. H. Waddell), SATB, org, 1961
  • Take him, earth, for cherishing (Prudentius, trans. Waddell), SATB, 1964
  • God be in my head (Pynson), SATB, 1965, unpubd
  • Te Deum (St Mary Redcliffe), SATB, org, c1965
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Sarum), SATB, org, 1966
  • Te Deum (Columbia University), SATB, org, 1966
  • Benedictus es, Domine (Apocrypha), SATB, org, 1967
  • Jubilate Deo, SATB, org, 1967
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Winchester), SATB, org, 1967
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Chichester), SATB, org, 1967
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (St Augustine, Birmingham), SATB, org, 1967
  • Preces and Responses, SATB, 1967
  • One thing have I desired (Ps xxvii), SATB, 1968
  • The Coventry Mass, SATB, org, 1968
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Hereford), SATB, org, 1969
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense), SATB, org, 1970
  • Thee will I love (R. Bridges), SATB, org, 1970
  • A Grace for William Walton (R. Armstrong), SATB, 1972
  • Now abideth faith, hope and charity (Bible: 1 Corinthians), SATB, org, 1972
  • Come my soul (J. Newton), SATB, 1972
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (York), SATB, org, 1973
  • Te Deum (West Riding Cathedrals), SATB, org, 1974, unpubd
  • Exultate Deo (Pss of David), SATB, org, 1974
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Dallas Canticles), SATB, org, 1975
  • The fear of the Lord (Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus), SATB, org, 1976
  • Sweetest of sweets (Herbert), SATB, c1976
  • Antiphon (Herbert), SATB, c1976
  • I love all beauteous things (R. Bridges), SATB, org, 1977
  • Hills of the north, rejoice (Oakley), SSS, org, 1977
  • Tryste noel (L. Guiney), SATB, pf, c1977
  • I would be true (H. Walter), SATB, org, c1978
  • Te Deum (Washington Cathedral), SATB, org, no date (London, 1991) [completed J. Buttrey]
  • Remember O thou man (Ravenscroft), SATB
  • Te Deum, Benedictus, Jubilate Deo and Communion Service, G, SATB, org [inc.]

Hymn tunes

  • God of our England: Hymn for the Coronation (O God of Britain hear today), 1911, unpubd
  • St Briavel's (My God, I thank thee who hast made the earth so bright), c1925
  • Father of Men: a hymn for Charterhouse, 1930
  • Michael (All my hope on God is founded), c1930
  • Severn (My God, I thank thee who hast made the earth so bright), c1931
  • David (Hills of the north, rejoice), 1937, unpubd
  • Twigworth (God is love, let Heav'n adore Him), c1937
  • Love divine, all loves excelling, c1962, unpubd
  • Newnham (Lord Christ when first Thou cam'st to men), c1962
  • Salisbury (Holy spirit, ever dwelling), c1962
  • Sancta civitas (O holy city seen of John), 1962
  • Erwin (Lord by whose breath), 1966
  • In manus tuas (This world, my God, is held within your hand), c1968
  • Norfolk (With wonder, Lord, we see your works), c1968
  • Kensington (To the name of our salvation), c1970
  • Jesu dulcis memoria (Jesu, the very thought is sweet), unpubd
  • Jesu, guide our way, unpubd
  • Urbs beata (Blessed city, heavenly Salem), unpubd
  • 9 Anglican double chants (and several unpublished)

Secular choral

  • To the owl (Tennyson), SS, pf, 1909
  • 5 Partsongs, op.5, male vv, TTBB, pf, c1914 [nos. 1 and 2 lost]
    1. Love's secret (W. Blake)
    2. Is the moon tired? (C. Rossetti)
    3. Weep you no more (J. Dowland)
    4. The winds whistle cold (D. Terry)
    5. A Dirge (Shakespeare)
  • The Tinker's song (trad.), SS, pf, c1916
  • In youth is pleasure (R. Wever), SSATB, 1915
  • 5 Partsongs, op.11, female vv, SA, pf, 1915–17
    1. The shepherd (Blake)
    2. The pilgrim (Blake)
    3. A croon (trad.)
    4. A sad story (trad.)
    5. Come all ye pretty fair maids (trad.)
  • The Skylark (J. Hogg), SS, pf, 1916
  • An old man's lullaby (T. Dekker), SS, pf, 1917
  • 3 Songs, op.24, female vv, SS, pf, 1917
    1. Under the greenwood tree (Shakespeare)
    2. A north-country song (trad.)
    3. A true story (T. Campian)
  • Before me, careless, lying (A. Dobson), SSATB, 1918
  • A golden lullaby (T. Dekker), SS, pf, c1920
  • The duel (E. Field), SS, pf (London, 1922)
  • The wonderful Derby ram (trad.), unison vv, pf, 1922
  • All in this pleasant evening (trad.), unison vv, pf, 1923
  • Creep afore ye gang (J. Ballantine), SATB, 1923
  • The Shadows (S. O'Sullivan), SATB, 1923
  • Spanish lullaby (trad.), unison vv, pf, 1923
  • Bells (trad.), SS, pf (London, 1924)
  • First in the garden (trad.), SS, pf, 1924
  • Holly song (trad.), unison vv, pf, 1924
  • Irish wren song (trad.), SS, pf, 1924
  • Mother Mother (trad.), unison vv, pf (London, 1924)
  • Robin Hood's song (A. Munday), SS, pf, 1924
  • Sing ivy (trad.), SS, pf, 1924
  • Singe lully by, lully (trad.), SS, pf (London, 1924)
  • Swedish May song (trad.), SS, pf, 1924
  • The days are clear (C. Rossetti), unison vv, pf, c1925
  • Eight o'clock the postman's knock (C. Rossetti), unison vv, pf, c1925
  • Mother shake the cherry tree (C. Rossetti), unison vv, pf, c1925
  • The Saylor's song (trad.), SS, pf, 1927
  • Tune thy music (Campion), unison vv, pf, 1927
  • Good counsel (G. Chaucer), unison vv, pf, 1928
  • Delicates so dainty (trad.), unison vv, pf, 1931
  • Sweet content (R. Greene), unison vv, pf, 1931
  • Bunches of grapes (W. de la Mare), unison vv, pf, 1933
  • To music bent (Campion), SS, pf (London, 1933)
  • Sea Urchins (song set for children, G. Balcomb), SS, pf (London, 1935)
  • A Song of Welcome (F. Harvey), unison vv, pf, 1935
  • Piping down the valleys wild (Blake), SS, pf, 1938
  • The History of an Afternoon (Howells), round for 3vv, 1939
  • A New Year Carol (trad.), SS, pf, 1939
  • Shadow March (R.L. Stevenson), SS, pf, 1939
  • The Key of the Kingdom (de la Mare), SS, pf (London, 1948)
  • Walking in the Snow (Buxton), SATB, 1950
  • Inheritance (de la Mare), SSAATTBB, 1953
  • Four Horses (trad.), unison vv, pf (London, 1954)
  • The Scribe (de la Mare), SATB, 1957
  • I mun be married a Sunday (N. Udall), unison vv, pf, 1957, unpubd
  • New Brooms (A. Wilson), unison vv, pf, 1957, unpubd
  • Pink Almond (K. Tynan), SS, pf, 1957
  • A Christmas Carol (G. Wither), unison vv, pf (London, 1958)
  • The summer is coming (B. Guinness), SATB, 1964
  • The Poet's Song (Tennyson), SS, pf, unpubd

Songs

For solo voice and piano unless otherwise stated

  • My Shadow (Stevenson), 1909, unpubd
  • Longing (Mcleod), c1911, unpubd
  • 5 Songs, low v, 1911, unpubd
    1. The twilight people (O'Sullivan)
    2. The devotee (Gore-Booth)
    3. The waves of Breffny (O'Sullivan)
    4. The Sorrow of Love (Keohler)
    5. The Call (Roberts - later included in "op. 7" songs)
  • 5 Songs, "op. 7" (Mcleod), 1913
    1. By The Grey Stone
    2. 'St. Bride's Song'
    3. The Valley Of Silence
    4. When The Dew Is Falling
    5. When There Is Peace
  • The evening darkens over (Bridges), 1913, unpubd
  • Three Rondeaux, op.12, 1915
    1. Roses (C. Tarelli)
    2. A rondel of rest (A. Symons)
    3. Her scuttle hat (F. Sherman)
  • Four Songs, op. 22
    1. There was a maiden (W.L. Courtney), 1915
    2. A Madrigal (Dobson), 1916
    3. The Widow Bird (P.B. Shelley), 1915
    4. Girl's Song (W. Gibson), 1916
  • By the waters of Babylon (Ps cxxxvii), Bar, vn, vc, org, 1917
  • An Old Man's Lullaby (Dekker), 1917, unpub
  • Here she lies a pretty bud (Herrick), 1917, unpub
  • Upon a summer's day (M. Baring), 1917, unpubd
  • 4 French chansons (arr., part of Répétoire Collignon), op.29, 1918
    1. Sainte Catherine
    2. Le Marquis de Maine
    3. Le petit coutourier
    4. Angèle au couvent
  • Mally O! (trad.) (London, 1918)
  • Old Skinflint (Gibson), 1918
  • The Restful Branches (W. Byrne), 1918
  • By the Hearth-Stone (H. Newbolt), 1919, unpub
  • Gavotte (Newbolt), 1919
  • King David (de la Mare), 1919
  • The Mugger's Song (Gibson), 1919
  • Peacock Pie (de la Mare), 1919
    1. Tired Tim
    2. Alas alack
    3. Mrs MacQueen
    4. The dunce
    5. Full moon
    6. Miss T
  • A Garland for de la Mare (de la Mare), 1919–73
    1. Wanderers
    2. The Lady Caroline
    3. Before dawn
    4. The old stone house
    5. The three cherry trees
    6. The old soldier
    7. The song of the secret
    8. Some one
    9. A queer story
    10. Andy Battle
    11. The old house
  • Goddess of night (Harvey), 1920
  • O garlands, hanging by the door (Strettell), 1920, unpubd (material used in Oboe Sonata)
  • The little boy lost (Blake) (London, 1920)
  • O my deir hert (trad.), 1920
  • Blaweary (Gibson), 1921
  • Old Meg (Gibson), 1923
  • Come sing and dance (trad.), 1927
  • 2 Afrikaans songs (Celliers), 1929
    1. Vrijheidsgees
    2. Eensamheid
  • arr.: 3 Folksongs, 1931 (no. 3 unpub)
    1. I will give my love an apple
    2. The brisk young widow
    3. Cendrillon
  • Flood (J. Joyce), 1933
  • Lost Love Song (Chin., trans. C. Bax) (London, 1934)
  • Lethe (Doolittle), 1936, unpubd
  • Sweet Content (R. Greene), unpubd
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