William Baines-He was an English pianist and composer who wrote over 150 works for solo piano and a number of larger orchestral works before his premature death of tuberculosis at the age of 23. Born in Horbury near Wakefield, Yorkshire, he came from a musical family. His father was a cinema pianist and organist at a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Encouraged by his parents, Baines began piano lessons at a young age and later had formal lessons at the Yorkshire Training College of Music in Leeds, although his later compositional style was largely self-taught. In 1913 the family moved to Cleckheaton and whilst there Baines was able to attend the concerts of the Bradford Permanent Orchestral Society and acquainted himself with the basic orchestral repertoire. The family moved to York in 1917 where, aged 18, Baines became a professional musician and gave his first public piano recital at which a number of his original compositions were heard. He also wrote a symphony which was not to be performed until 1991. In 1918 Baines was conscripted into the British Army during the last months of World War I. Within a fortnight of being called up, he was hospitalised due to septic poisoning, and the war was over by the time he had been discharged, although his health, already delicate, never fully recovered. He continued to compose and give recitals until a few months before his death, although his only major recital outside of Yorkshire was in Bournemouth at the invitation of the conductor Sir Dan Godfrey in 1921. Despite his youth, William Baines had completed roughly 150 works, mostly in the genre of the piano miniature. However, he also left a symphony, a Poem for piano and orchestra and a number of chamber works. Many of his piano works are influenced by the natural world, and often have descriptive titles; perhaps his best known work is the piano portrait "Goodnight to Flamboro'" and "The Lone Wreck" comprising the collection Tides, named after Flamborough Head, the coastal promontory on the Yorkshire coast. His Seven Preludes from 1919 are considered to be amongst his finest compositions. His Symphony in C Minor was premiered by the Airedale Symphony Orchestra at the Grassington Festival in 1991. Baines was the subject of a 90-minute BBC Radio 3 drama, written by Martyn Wade and first broadcast in 1989, called Goodnight to Flamboro', which traced the final months of his life. His piano works have twice been recorded by Eric Parkin - once for the Lyrita label, and later, a fuller selection on Priory.
His works include- Symphony in C Minor (1917) Island of the Fay (1919) Prelude to a Doll's Ballet (1920) Poem for piano and orchestra (1921) Thoughtdrift (1921) Chamber Andante for string quartet (1922) Aubade for string quartet (1917) Dream Temple for violin and piano (1920) Marionettes for violin and piano (1919) Piano Trio (1918) Rhapsody in F# Minor for string quartet (1920) Sonata in G for violin and piano (1917-19) String Quartet in E Major (1917-18) Two Fragments for string quartet (1920-21) Piano Sonata in A Minor (1917) Four Sketches (1917-18) Introduction & Waltz Caprice (1918) Poem Op 6 No 2 (1918) Paradise Gardens (1918-19) Seven Preludes (1919) Coloured Leaves (1919-20) Four Poems (1919-20) Three Concert Studies (1919-20) Milestones (1920) Tides (1920) Sonata in F# Minor (incomplete) (1918-21) Prelude (in G) (1921) Silverpoints (1921) Twilight Pieces (1921) Wind Sprites (1921) Prelude and Seven Diversions (1921) Pictures of Light (1920-22) A Last Sheaf (1921-22) Nocturne from Sonata in F# Minor (1922) Shade-Imagery (1922) Vocal Five Songs (1919)
Burial: Unknown Specifically: He was buried somewhere in Horbury, England
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