Squire, William Henry
William Henry Squire was a British cellist, composer, and music educator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He learned cello at the Royal College of Music and became a professor of cello at the Royal College and Guildhall schools of music. He was principal cello in many large London orchestras and started to promote the cello as a solo instrument in the early years of the 20th century by offering public concerts in the British Isles and creating recordings; he became well known for his performances of the Elgar and Saint-Saëns cello concertos. In 1898 the French composer Gabriel Fauré devoted his cello work Sicilienne to Squire. Squire's own works were composed primarily for the cello; these included many solo pieces of light character and a cello concerto; he also arranged the music for a variety of albums.
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