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Autograph music manuscripts of Herbert Howells

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MS. Mus. b. 117

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  1. (fols. 1-2v) 'Lethe. A song for tenor or soprano [and piano]. Poem by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)'. Ink score, dated at end, 7 Jan 1936. Published in Herbert Howells, A collection of songs for voice and piano ed. Scott Crowne (London: Novello, [2013]).
  2. (fols. 3-4v) 'The little stone house'. Song for low voice and piano. Words by Walter de la Mare. Ink score, dated at end, 17 Jan 1936. An earlier, but very similar, version of this song is found in Royal College of Music MS. 4707d, dated Dec. 1920. A version was published in A garland for De la Mare (London: Thames Publishing, [1995?]).
  3. (fols. 5-6v) 'Minuet' for piano. Pencil score. Title apparently in the hand of Mrs Félicia Galletta, and marked 'collected at RCM, 19 Oct. 1939'. Music written only on fols. 5r and 6v.


  • Creation: 1-17 Jan 1936-1939


6 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. b. 117, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Mus. b. 117

Former reference:

MS. Mus. b. 47

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9952


Three pieces by Herbert Howells in autograph manuscript, 1936-1939.

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) was an English composer and teacher. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from Mrs Félicia Galletta (pupil of the composer, 1939-1945), 17 January 1994.

Autograph music manuscripts of Herbert Howells
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom