Howard Ferguson was an Irish composer and pianist. He was a renowned chamber musician famous for his First Violin Sonata in 1931 and his Octet in 1933. His first publishing of his First and Octet (1933), which he usually called his most magnificent compositions, received widespread attention. At first, the Octet was drawn up as a quintet for clarinet or strings, but Ferguson had to reframe it as per Morris' suggestion, observing that the accompanying piece was not available to share with the Schubert Octet. Howard Ferguson was unique among composers in that he put a halt to his career as a composer when he was only 50 years old; his musical resources were subsequently deployed with many parallel enthusiasms, particularly musical studies. He now filled the void between musicology, creating various reputable editions of early keyboard music; in 1978-1979, he made musicological efforts with an entire edition of Schubert's piano sonatas. From the rhapsodic 'Lament,' to the modal and reflective 'The Green Bushes,' to the boisterous 'Jig,' the Five Irish Folk Tunes for viola or cello with piano accompaniment vary in mood.
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