Howe, Mary, 1882-1964

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For a slightly different version with 2 pianos, see callno.: U-2127.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Waltz (of the Queen of Hearts) and finale : for small orchestra or with augmented strings : from "Cards" a ballet / Mary Howe. [19--]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 145498495

Composed 1936.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Coulennes : (tableau de genre) / Mary Howe. [1936?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52296711

For a slightly different version with 2 pianos, see callno.: U-2128.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Polka (of the Knave of Diamonds) : for small orchestra or with added strings : from "Cards" a ballet / Mary Howe. [19--]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 145498596

For a small orchestra version without pianos, see callno.: U-4136.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Waltz (of the Queen of Hearts) / Mary Howe. [19--]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 228503133

Mary Howe was an American composer.

From the description of List of musical works by Mary Howe, ca. 1960. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517376

Composed 1940.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Potomac : suite for orchestra / by Mary Howe. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52296722

This composition is no. 3 of: Three scores for orchestra.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Three scores for orchestra. 3, Ambience : for orchestra / Mary Howe. [19--?]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 82469992

Originally composed 1933. First performance Chautauqua, New York, 26 July 1933, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Albert Stoessel conductor. Revised 1940. First performance of this version Washington, D.C. 10 July 1941, National Symphony Orchestra, Antonia Brico conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of American piece : what price glory / Mary Howe. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52296701

This composition is no. 2 of: Three scores for orchestra.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Three scores for orchestra. 2, Attente : for orchestra / Mary Howe. [19--?]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 82469945

For a small orchestra version without pianos, see callno.: U-4135.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Polka (of the Knave of Diamonds) / Mary Howe. [19--]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 228503131

This composition is no. 1 of: Three scores for orchestra.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Three scores for orchestra. I, Ombrine : for orchestra / Mary Howe. [19--?]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 82469837

Originally composed for 2 pianos, 1930. Orchestrated 1935. First performance Washington, D.C., 13 January 1935, National Symphony Orchestra, Hans Kindler conductor, Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson soloists.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Castellana : romansca on Spanish themes : for two pianos and orchestra / Mary Howe. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52296707

Mary Howe was an American pianist and composer.

She studied composition under Nadia Boulanger, and received an honorary doctorate from George Washington University.

From the description of Mary Howe collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1945-1955. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122486328

Mary Howe (1882-1964) was an American composer, pianist, and patron of music in Washington, D.C.

Born Mary Carlisle, she studied piano in Germany and the United States and received a degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory in 1922. As a pianist, she toured in a two-piano team with Anne Hull from 1917-1935. A prolific composer, Howe worked in many genres and often reorchestrated the same composition for multiple settings. She also created many song settings for poems, in addition to her other orchestral work. Howe and her husband, Walter Bruce Howe, were prominent Washington socialites and were among the co-founders in 1931 of the National Symphony Orchestra. Howe was close friends with the orchestra's first music director, Hans Kindler and also had a significant working relationship with the conductor, William Strickland. She was active in numerous local and national organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs and she was also a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Huntington Hartford Foundation. Towards the end of her life, Howe was on the board of the National Cultural Center (later renamed the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).

From the description of Mary Howe papers, 1884-1972. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 79468118

Mary Howe (1882-1964) was an American pianist and composer. She studied music, both in Europe, and in the United States. At the Peabody Conservatory of Music, she studied composition with Gustav Strube and piano with Ernest Hutcheson. She also studied with Nadia Boulanger, Harold Randolph, and Richard Burmeister.

Howe began her career by giving piano recitals and went on to become very active in the Washington D.C. musical scene. She collaborated with Friends of Music at the Library of Congress, and was a member of the board of directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the National Association of Composers and Conductors. She was also one of the founders of the Association of American Women Composers.

Mary Howe composed music for the piano, piano and voice, and chamber ensembles as well as for symphonic orchestra. As an active musician she often performed her own compositions as well as works by classical composers.

From the guide to the Mary Howe collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1945-1955, (The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.)

Mary Howe (b Richmond, VA, 4 April 1882; d Washington, DC, 14 Sept. 1964) was an American composer, pianist, and patron of music in Washington D.C., where she grew up and lived all her life. Born Mary Carlisle, she studied piano with Richard Burmeister in Germany and Ernest Hutcheson and Harold Randolph in the United States. She also studied composition with Gustav Strube and graduated with an Artist Diploma in composition from the Peabody Conservatory in 1922. Howe had already begun raising children when she attended Peabody, and she continued to pursue her career while meeting family obligations. She toured in a two-piano team with Anne Hull from 1917 - 1935 and studied with Nadia Boulanger in 1933.

A prolific composer as well as a pianist, Howe worked in many genres: songs for voice and piano, solo piano, piano duo, organ, carillon, violin, cello, flute, chamber music, chorus, ballet, chamber orchestra, and full orchestra, in addition to various combinations of all these; she often reorchestrated the same composition for multiple settings. Her ballet Cards (1936), for example, was set for two pianos, two pianos and orchestra, and chamber orchestra, and her song Le Jongleur de Notre Dame (1959) has scores for two pianos and for orchestra.

Howe created many song settings for poems, including cycles by Goethe ( Sieben Goetheliedchen, 1931-1940) and Rilke ( Four Poems By Rainer Maria Rilke . Her compositions for orchestra include Stars (1927), Sand (1928), Rock (1954), the suite Potomac River (1940), Agreeable Overture (1948), American Piece (1933) and Castellana (1930). Her orchestral work was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the NBC and BBC orchestras, and many other orchestras in the United States, Europe and South America. Her compositions were recorded and issued by RCA, Columbia, CRI and the Washington radio station WCFM. Howe’s music was published by Schirmer, Carl Fischer, Composers Press Inc., Galaxy Corporation and Oxford University Press, among others.

Howe and her husband, Walter Bruce Howe, a lawyer, were prominent Washington socialites and were among the co-founders in 1931 of the National Symphony Orchestra; they were close friends of the orchestra’s first music director, Hans Kindler. Howe also helped found the Chamber Music Society of Washington (later the Friends of Music of the Library of Congress) and the Society of American Women Composers. She was active in the National Federation of Music Clubs, the League of Composers and the National Association of American Composers and Conductors. She was also a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Huntington Hartford Foundation. Toward the end of her life she was on the board of the National Cultural Center (later renamed the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).

Sources:

Goss, Madeline. Modern Music-Makers . New York: Dutton, 1952, pp. 71 - 77.

Indenbaum, Dorothy and Carol J. Oja. “Howe, Mary”, Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 18 Apr. 2005), http://www.grovemusic.com

From the guide to the Mary Howe papers, 1884-1972, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

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creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Coulennes : (tableau de genre) / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. [Unidentified score fragments]. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Mary Howe papers, 1884-1972 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. The John Kirkpatrick papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Castellana : romansca on Spanish themes : for two pianos and orchestra / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Thomas, John Charles, 1891-1960. Miscellaneous music manuscripts, 1880-1950. Peabody Conservatory, Arthur Friedheim Library
referencedIn Strickland, William. William Remsen Strickland collection, 1926-1991 (bulk 1946-1970). Library of Congress
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Patria / Mary Howe. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Three scores for orchestra. 3, Ambience : for orchestra / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Meyers, Emerson. Emerson Meyers papers, 1865-1990. Historical Society of Washington, Dc
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Fugue in A minor for string quartet / by Mary Howe. University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Sibley Music Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. List of musical works by Mary Howe, ca. 1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Irish lullaby : ("In a low rocking chair") / music by Mary Howe ; words by Helen Coale Crew. Peabody Conservatory, Arthur Friedheim Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Poema. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Polka (of the Knave of Diamonds) / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. [Selections] / Mary Howe. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Waltz (of the Queen of Hearts) / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Mary Howe collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1945-1955 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Great land of mine : song for baritone or mezzo / music by Mary Howe ; text, anonymous. Peabody Conservatory, Arthur Friedheim Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Potomac. Sketch I.-Mt. Vernon. New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. To the unknown soldier / set by Mary Howe ; poem by Nicholas G. Lély ; translated from the Greek by Joseph Auslander. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Grave piece for strings / by Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Nash, Frances, 1890-1971. Scrapbooks compiled by Frances Nash, [manuscript] ca.1914-ca.1949. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Cancion romanesca : for string quartet / Mary Howe. University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Sibley Music Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Agreeable overture : for chamber orchestra / by Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Fiddler's reel : on backwoods tunes : for mixed chorus / by Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Dirge / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Polka (of the Knave of Diamonds) : for small orchestra or with added strings : from "Cards" a ballet / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Mary Howe collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1945-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Waltz (of the Queen of Hearts) and finale : for small orchestra or with augmented strings : from "Cards" a ballet / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Three scores for orchestra. 2, Attente : for orchestra / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Paean : for orchestra / by Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Ballade fantasque : for 'cello and piano / Mary Howe. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Dirge / Mary Howe. Peabody Conservatory, Arthur Friedheim Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Valse triste. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Correspondence from the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation Collection, 1894-1953, (bulk 1920-1953) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Three scores for orchestra. I, Ombrine : for orchestra / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. A poem in praise : for mixed chorus and orchestra : excerpts from "A poem in praise" / by Charles Norman ; setting by Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. American piece : what price glory / Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn William Remsen Strickland Collection, 1926-1991, (bulk 1946-1970) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. To the unknown soldier : for medium voice and orchestra / music by Mary Howe ; poem by Nicholas Lely. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn A.P. Schmidt Company. A.P. Schmidt Company archives, 1869-1958 (bulk 1895-1920). Library of Congress
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Little fugue in A minor for string quartet / by Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Potomac : suite for orchestra / by Mary Howe. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. To the unknown soldier : for high voice and orchestra / music by Mary Howe ; poem by Nicholas Leʹly. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Withouten you / setting by Mary Howe ; poem by Elinor Wylie. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Howe, Mary, 1882-1964. Mary Howe papers, 1884-1972. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Kirkpatrick, Ralph. The Ralph Kirkpatrick papers, 1911-1977 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
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Birth 1882-04-04

Death 1964-09-14

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