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Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Love and Despair
Tuesday 12 February 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Tuesday 12 February 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)
The loss of his nine-year-old son Michael to a sudden illness in 1935 cast a lifelong shadow across Howells's music. Donald Macleod explores how music became a release valve for the bereft composer and we also hear Howells's own thoughts on one of the works directly inspired by his son's death.
The Chosen Tune