H. Balfour Gardiner

Henry Balfour Gardiner ( born November 7, 1877 in London, † June 28, 1950 in Salisbury ) was an English composer.


Gardiner studied at New College, Oxford, and took before and after lessons in composition at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt (as the so-called Frankfurt Group Related ) with Iwan Knorr. After teaching for a short time Music at Winchester College, came about in 1904 as a composer forth, was devoted to collection of English folk music and championed contemporary English composers (eg, Vaughan Williams, Bax, Holst ). After the first world war he moved back to a large extent from the public musical life. In his later years he devoted himself to his farm in Dorset a reforestation project.


Gardiner left a relatively narrow compositional oeuvre ( self-critical, he destroyed many of his works ). Get remained among others, a symphony, a string quintet, a string quartet and choral works, songs and piano pieces. The orchestral piece Shepherd Fennel 's Dance at the time was popular in England. His Evening Hymn is a romantic and lush, harmonically dense plant and is considered a classic of the English choral repertoire. It is regularly sung today as Anthem at evening worship in Anglican churches.


Henry Balfour Gardiner was great-uncle of the famous English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • Composer of classical music ( 20th century)
  • Composer
  • Briton
  • Born in 1877
  • Died in 1950
  • Man

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