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Howell, Dorothy (1898-1982)
© Courtesy of the Dorothy Howell Trust

Dorothy Howell

born: 25 February 1898
died: 12 January 1982
country: United Kingdom

The British composer–pianist Dorothy Howell studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was taught the piano by Tobias Matthay and composition by John Blackwood McEwen. Her musical voice is both distinctive and cosmopolitan, with influences including Richard Strauss. Her first success came soon after graduating: the symphonic poem Lamia was given its first performance by Sir Henry Wood at the Promenade Concerts in 1919, when it was greeted enthusiastically (The Times on 13 September 1919 noted that it ‘showed extraordinary promise both in the actual musical matter and in the handling of orchestral effect’). Wood repeated Lamia in each of the six subsequent Proms seasons, providing a notable example of sustained success for new work.

from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2017


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