Howes, Frank (Stewart)

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Howes, Frank (Stewart)

Howes, Frank (Stewart), English music critic, writer, and editor; b. Oxford, April 2, 1891; d. Standlake, Oxfordshire, Sept. 28, 1974. He studied at St. John’s Coll., Oxford. In 1925 he joined the staff of the Times of London as music critic, and from 1943 to 1960 was its chief music critic. He was also ed. of the Folk Song Journal (later known as the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society) from 1927 to 1945. He taught music history and appreciation at the Royal Coll. of Music in London (1938–70), and was Cramb Lecturer at the Univ. of Glasgow (1947 and 1952). In 1954 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


(all publ, in London unless otherwise given): The Borderland of Music and Psychology (1926); The Appreciation of Music (1928); William Byrd (1928); A Key to the Art of Music (1935); with P. Hope-Wallace, A Key to Opera (1939); Full Orchestra (1942; 2nd ed., rev. and enl., 1976); The Music of William Walton (2 vols., 1942-43; new ed., 1965); Man, Mind and Music (1948); Music: 1945-50 (1951); The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1954); Music and Its Meanings (1958); The Cheltenham Festival (1965); The English Musical Renaissance (1966); Oxford Concerts: A Jubilee Record (Oxford, 1969); Folk Music of Britain—and Beyond (1970).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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