|GRAMOPHONE : Serestas.|
|VICTOR : Chorus no. 3.|
HENRY WALDO-WARNER was born in Northampton, England, on January 4, 1874. Six years later, his family moved to London where Waldo- Warner began his academic studies. Altho Waldo-Warner was intensely interested in music as a child, he did not receive formal instruction until his fourteenth year, when he began the study of the violin under Alfred Gibson, and composition under R. Orlando Morgan. He learned rapidly, and as a student felt sufficiently strong in his technique to attempt the composition of an opera, Royal Vagrants. A few years of study, and Waldo-Warner graduated into the ranks of professional musicians. In 1907, he was one of the founders, and the viola-player, of the London String Quartet, which has become world- famous. At the same time he taught the violin and composition in London. The growth in importance of the London String Quartet, which brought with it extended tours thruout Europe, compelled Waldo-Warner eventually to relinquish all of his teaching duties. Since 1920, playing the viola in the London String Quartet has been Waldo-Warner's major musical activity, and here he acquired great prestige as a chamber- music performer of great artistry and scholarship. A few years ago Waldo- Warner retired as a quartet-player to devote himself entirely to composition.
A life-long association with quartet- playing and quartet-music gave Waldo- Warner an enviable understanding of chamber-music style. It is probably for this reason that in his composition he has been so eminently successful in creating chamber-music, and that his principal importance as a composer rests in this field.
He first attracted attention when an early Trio, composed during his student days, won the W. W. Cobbett Prize. Since that time a series of im-
portant prizes won by him has attracted the music world to his music. In 1916, his String Quartet in C-Minor was awarded first prize in the "Wartime Competition." In 1921, his Piano Trio received the $1000 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Award, and was performed at the Pittsfield Music Festival of that year. Six years later another important prize became his when his Piano Quintet gained first honors in a competition for chamber-music conducted by the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.
Waldo-Warner has, therefore, earned an important place in modern music with chamber-works which possess great refinement of style and a very fresh imagination. His music, a valuable addition to the repertoire of the modern string quartet, "inclines in spirit towards the contemporary French school," we learn from W. W. Cobbett, "but he is no slave to its influence. His writing is in every respect masterly, and his music is emphatically not 'made' music. To these qualities may be attributed his remarkable success in competitions both in England and abroad."
More recently, Waldo-Warner has outgrown chamber-music and has turned his pen to writing orchestral music. He has been no less successful in his new field for, in 1932, his Hampton Wick was awarded a $1,000 prize by the Hollywood Bowl Association.