Somervell, Arthur

1863-

 

English composer; born at Windermere. Was educated at Cambridge, later going to the Berlin High School of Music, and after finishing his course there was a pupil of Stanford and Parry at the Royal College of Music. He studied also in Italy, and much of his music in consequence takes on southern characteristics. Mr. Somervell has written a mass, with orchestra; a Song of Praise; The Forsaken Merman; The Power of Sound; an elegy for contralto voice with orchestra; In Arcady; a song cycle on Tennyson's Maud; Ode to the Sea, and for the orchestra a ballad and suite. His other works are The Enchanted Palace, an operetta; many charming piano-pieces and songs, besides arrangements of old Scotch songs; sketches and an album of song. Mr. Somervell's overture, Spring and Youth; the intermezzo, The Shepherd's Call; and the suite, Villageoise, have all been praised.