When he was born, Queen Victoria had almost another decade to rule. When he died, Margaret Thatcher was nearing the end of her first term. While he lived through nine decades of remarkable change, composer Herbert Howells came of age at a time when artists were already being haunted by cultural turmoil and uncertainty. In 1913, when Howells was 21, the French poet Charles Péguy judged that "the world has changed less since the time of Jesus Christ than it has in the last thirty years." While some Promethean souls were energized by the possibilities opened up by the dynamism of creative destruction, other artists, writers, and composers were less sanguine about the bra . . .
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