Ferguson, Howard

Howard Ferguson (21 October 1908 – 31 October 1999) was an Irish composer and pianist. He was a renowned chamber musician for his First Violin Sonata in 1931 and 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 because he halted his career 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 the mood.

Cello Compositions of Howard Ferguson | Animato Strings


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