Joyce Howard Barrell

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Joyce Howard Barrell (née Gedye; 26 November 1917 – 6 December 1989)[1] was an English composer. She was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, and was educated at Leicester University, studying with Benjamin Burrows and Harold Craxton for piano and Grace Burrows for violin. After completing her studies, Barrell worked as composer and as a guitar teacher and piano accompanist. She married composer Bernard Clements Barrell in 1945. From 1939 until her death she composed about ninety works.[2][3] She died in Ipswich, England.[1]

Selected works[edit]

Barrell composed mainly chamber music and music for children. Selected works include:

  • Dialogues for flute and viola da gamba
  • Three Fours for viola and piano, Op.45 (1986)
  • The Hacheston Quintet for 2 violins, viola, cello and piano, Op.67a (1988)
  • What am I?, 6 Songs for children's chorus and piano, Op.68
  • Serenade for saxophones, Op.92
  • Nightmare for soprano, clarinet and piano, Op.93; words by Stephen Coates


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  2. ^ "Bernard and Joyce Barrell papers". Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900.