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Winds and Strings clarinet and string quartet
Composed by Richard Walthew. Interesting well-constructed work. Clearly English. Fine writing for all instruments - not just the clarinet. First Edition. Romantic. Score and parts. Rosewood Publications #RP 08. Published by Rosewood Publications (RW.RP-08).

Item Number: RW.RP-08

The English composer and pianist Richard Henry Walthew (1872-1951) was a pupil of Parry's for four years at the Royal College of Music. He had a natural affinity for chamber music and a long association with the South Place Sunday Concert series for which he wrote programme notes. He conducted the orchestra there and it was also where much of his chamber music was played. He also gave a series of lectures on the history and development of chamber music there; these were published by Boosey and Co. in 1909. He played at many of these concerts as did his son the clarinettist, Richard Sidney Walthew. In the article on Walthew in Cobbett's Cyclopaedic Survey of Chamber Music (1929), Thomas Dunhill recorded his admiration for the refined, lyrical and unostentatious style of Walthew's writing, the suitability of his compositions for amateur performance, his special aptitude for writing for the piano and his energetic devotion to chamber music.

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