William Henry Squire
Danse Rustique for Cello and Piano, Op.20 No.5
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 Danse Rustique dates from 1895 and was one of Squire's most popular short program works also used as a miniature. Its popularity was such that it became a standard solo competition piece for several decades in Britain. Listening to the soundbite, you can understand why.
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