Dorothy Howellaus neue Musik

Dorothy Gertrude Howell (* 25. Februar 1898 in Birmingham; † 12. Januar 1982 in Malvern, Worcestershire) war eine englische Komponistin und Pianistin.

Leben und Werk

Dorothy Howell wuchs in einer musikalischen Familie auf und wurde bereits als Fünfzehnjährige an der Royal Academy of Music in London angenommen, wo sie bei John Blackwood McEwen Komposition und bei Percy Waller sowie Tobias Matthay Klavier studierte. 1919 erregte ihre im Rahmen der Promenade Concertos von Henry Wood in der Queen’s Hall zur Uraufführung gebrachte sinfonische Dichtung Lamia Aufmerksamkeit, die in derselben Saison noch vier weitere Male ins Programm genommen wurde und Howell wegen des farbigen Orchestersatzes in der Presse den Beinamen „English Strauss“ eintrug. 1921 erhielt sie für die Phantasy für Violine und Klavier den Cobbett Prize. Zu den wichtigen Kompositionen dieser Jahre zählt auch das Ballett Koong Shee (1921).

Dorothy Howell trat auch als Pianistin in Erscheinung, nicht zuletzt in der Uraufführung ihres eigenen Klavierkonzerts d-Moll 1923; etliche ihrer Werke sind dem Klavier gewidmet. 1928 entstand die Ouvertüre The Rock, inspiriert durch eine Reise nach Gibraltar. Die geplante Uraufführung ihrer Divertissements im Rahmen der Proms 1940 fiel dem Bombardement der Queen’s Hall zum Opfer und konnte erst 10 Jahre später nachgeholt werden. Die späteren, vielfach geistlichen Werke bevorzugen kleine Besetzungen (Klavier, Gesang, Kammerensemble).

Von 1924 bis 1970 hatte Howell eine Professur für Harmonielehre und Kontrapunkt an der Royal Academy inne. 1962 wurde das Lehrwerk Keyboard Work for Harmony Students gedruckt. 1971 wurde sie zum Mitglied der Royal Philharmonic Society gewählt.

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Dorothy Gertrude Howell (* 25 February 1898 in Birmingham; † 12 January 1982 in Malvern, Worcestershire) was an English composer and pianist.

Life

Howell was born in Birmingham, grew up in Handsworth, and received a convent education. She received private composition lessons from Granville Bantock before beginning her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, aged 15. Her teachers there included John Blackwood McEwen and Tobias Matthay.

Howell achieved fame with her symphonic poem Lamia (inspired by the Keats poem) which Sir Henry Wood premiered at The Proms on 10 September 1919. Wood directed Lamia again that same week, on 13 September 1919. He subsequently conducted Lamia again in the 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1930 and 1940 Proms seasons, but in subsequent years Lamia was neglected, until its revival in the 2010 season of The Proms. It received a centenary performance at the Proms in 2019. Howell dedicated Lamia on its 1921 publication to Wood. Among other compositions by Howell, Wood conducted Koong Shee in 1921, her Piano Concerto in 1923 and 1927 with the composer herself as pianist on both occasions, and The Rock in 1928. He was scheduled to conduct the first performance of Three Divertissements in 1940, but the concert was cancelled owing to The Blitz. Her Air, Variations & Finale for oboe, violin & piano (1949) can be obtained from June Emerson Wind Music (E620). Three Divertissements, Howell’s last known orchestral work, did not receive its premiere until the 1950 Elgar Festival in Malvern.

Howell won the Cobbett Prize in 1921 for her Phantasy for violin and piano. She received the nickname of the “English Strauss” in her lifetime. Wood attempted to recruit Howell to his conducting class at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in 1923, but she instead became a teacher at the RAM in 1924. During World War II, she served with the Women’s Land Army. She taught at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire from 1950–57. She retired from the RAM in 1970, and after her retirement, continued to teach students privately. She died in Malvern, aged 83.

Howell tended the grave of Sir Edward Elgar for several years, and herself is buried near Elgar. Her music has been recorded commercially on the Dutton Digital and Harlequin labels.

The Cameo Classics label recorded Lamia in 2008 with Marius Stravinsky conducting the first modern recording of Howell’s orchestral music with the Karelia Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Cameo Classics recorded Howell’s Piano Concerto with Valentina Seferinova as soloist at Cadogan Hall. The conductor was Toby Purser with his Orion Symphony Orchestra of London, with the Cd (CC9041CD) released in September 2012. The CDs are now available from Nimbus Wyastone.

In 2019 Rumon Gamba conducted the BBC Philharmonic in a recording of Lamia and other British tone poems for Chandos Records.

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Air Variations & Finale für Oboe, Violine & Klavier