Compositions
Howard Ferguson

(1908 - 1999)
Howard Ferguson was talent-spotted in Belfast as a 13-year-old pianist and invited to take lessons in London with Harold Samuel. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music with R O Morris and conducting with Sir Malcolm Sargent. Ferguson's compositional breakthrough came in 1933 with the Octet, widely regarded as his masterwork. Howard Ferguson was influenced by Brahms and his works combine the love of Classical forms and thematicism with the expressive Romantic idiom. Ferguson has a meticulous approach to craftsmanship and produced a small output of work which was praised for its compositional perfection. In 1959, after making a final artistic statement in two oratorios, he abandoned composition in favour of parallel musicological interests. Howard Ferguson's works have been championed by leading performers including Myra Hess, Jascha Heifetz, Yfrah Neaman, Kathleen Ferrier, Sir Henry Wood and Sir Adrian Boult.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

Amore Langueo op. 18

Timpani + 2 percussion
Gong, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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The Dream of the Rood op. 19

Timpani + 2 percussion
Gong, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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