Strings cello, piano
Eight Classic Solos for the Student Cellist. Composed by William Squire. SWSon book + Insert separately. Book and CD. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #BF47. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.BF47).
Item Number: CF.BF47
ISBN 9780825867262. 9 x 12 inches.
William Henry Squire (18711963) was an English composer and virtuoso cellist, whose playing was greatly respected in his own day. Squire composed in a variety of genres during his long and celebrated career, yet he is best remembered today for his compositions and arrangements for cello and piano. These were pieces that Squire used as vehicles for self-promotion on his concert tours, and many of them have since become staples in the cellists repertoire. The most popular and remembered of these works are featured in this collection.
William Henry Squire was an English composer and virtuoso cellist, whose playing was greatly respected in his own day. Squire composed in a variety of genres, but is best remembered today for his compositions and arrangements for cello and piano, many of which have become staples in the cellists repertoire. Squire was born in 1871 in Ross-on-Wye, a small market town in southeast Herefordshire, England. He displayed a precocious aptitude for music, and his father, who recognized this aptitude, instructed him on the cello. He continued his studies at age thirteen as a foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music in London. There, he studied cello with Edward Howell and composition with Sir Hubert Parry and the Irish composer Charles Stanford. At the tender age of nineteen, Squire made his concert debut in Londons St. James Hall in a concert organized by the Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz. Four years later, he presented the premiere English performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor at Londons Crystal Palace. By the age of twenty-three, Squire was critically acclaimed as a virtuoso cellist, and was in great demand in England and elsewhere in Europe. He directed the cello section in the Covent Garden Orchestra from 18941897 and was subsequently engaged to perform in the Queens Hall Orchestra from 18971901. He toured widely and with great success with the vocalist Clara Butt, an English contralto who was likewise in great demand. Gabriel Faure was enchanted by the warm and full tone of Squires cello playing, for which reason Faure dedicated his famous Sicilienne to Squire. An aged and established Edward Elgar requested Squire to prepare the first recording of his Cello Concerto in E minor in 1930. His last concert appearance was in 1941 at age seventy in Exeter Cathedral. Squire died in 1963 at the age of ninety-one, following a life rich in achievement and celebration. Squire was less acclaimed in his own day as a composer, though his output was respected by many. He composed a cello concerto, two operettas and various works for orchestra. His numerous instrumental miniatures are primarily for cello and piano accompaniment, pieces which he used as vehicles for self-promotion on his concert tours. The most popular and remembered of these works, such as the jaunty At Morn, the picturesque Cradle Song and the impetuous Tarentella, are featured in this collection.