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Herbert Howells: 'The sailors [sic] song. Two-part song'

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MS. Mus. c. 578

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Autograph score in ink of a two-part song for voices and string orchestra by Herbert Howells. Words from Wit and drollery (1682). Originally composed in 1927 for voices and piano as 'The saylor's song' (published 1928), and also existing in a manuscript version for voices, piano, strings and drums (Royal College of Music, MS 4701).

The present manuscript is largely for unison voices and string orchestra. It is stamped 'Petersfield Musical Festival' on fol. 2v, for which occasion it may have been arranged. This arrangement is not listed in Paul Andrews: Herbert Howells: a documentary and bibliographical study (PhD thesis, 1999).


  • [1927]


2 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Mus. c. 578

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15938


Autograph score of Herbert Howells's 'The sailor's song', version for voices and string orchestra, [1927].

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Custodial History

Previously owned by Michael Hurd.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Michael Hurd's executers, 2007.
'The sailor's song' by Herbert Howells
EAD version 2019 by Hannah Jordan and Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom