Portrait of the Artist: Howells and Gurney
Two Friends from Gloucestershire:
The Music of Herbert Howells and Ivor Gurney
on Portrait of the Artist, hosted by Cinder Stanton
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 5-7PM
Howells (1892-1983) and Gurney (1890-1937) met as organ scholars at Gloucester Cathedral, took long walks together on the Cotswold hills, and attended the Royal College of Music. Their friendship was tested by the contrasting trajectories of their lives. Howells, remembered today primarily for his sacred choral works, had a long and successful career. Gurney, a poet as well as a composer, had little success and slid into deepening mental illness, spending his last fifteen years in an asylum. This program will include instrumental as well as choral works of Howells and the songs of Gurney, who was recalled by Howells as one of "the greatest songwriters this nation has ever produced." It will feature commentary by Pamela Blevins, author of the first biography of Gurney in thirty years, Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott: Song of Pain and Beauty (2008).