William Henry Squire
Bourrée for Cello and Piano, Op.24
William Henry Squire (1871-1963) was born in the English village of Ross-on-Wye. He began to study the cello at an early age and by the time he was twelve he gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied cello with Edward Howell and composition under Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford. Later, he continued his cello studies with the virtuoso Alfredo Piatti after which he pursued a career as soloist and chamber musician as well as a compoesr. For at least two decades he between 1890 and 1910, he was considered Britain’s leading cellist. He also served as a professor at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music. He was also a prolific composer and not surprisingly, most of his compositions were for cello.
The Bourrée was one of Squire's most popular short program works also used as a miniature. It is in two sections. The Bourrée was originally an old French dance which became popular in Baroque times as a movement in suites as a substitute for a Gavotte which it closely resembles. Bach and others included it in their suites although by this time it usually was not intended to be danced. Squire's is in two sections, a stately opening which clearly is related to the dance and quicker more virtuosic second section. Pizzicato is effectively used
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