In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Born: 1874 Died: 1934
Gustavus Theodore von Holst was an English composer with Latvian (and some Spanish) roots.
Born in Cheltenham, where he was educated at Pate's Grammar School, he went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London. His best-known work is probably his orchestral suite The Planets, completed in 1916, although the composer himself did not count it as one of his best creations and later often complained that other works were completely eclipsed by it. The Planets (1914-1916) was partly inspired by meditations on his own horoscope/natal chart and dealt with the 'seven influences of destiny and constituents of our spirit.' Holst was especially influenced by a 19th-century astrologer called Raphael, whose book concerning the planets' role in world affairs led Holst to develop the grand vision of the planets that made The Planets such an enduring success.
Holst's relatively small output for the wind band guaranteed him a position as the medium's cornerstone, as seen in innumerable present-day programmes featuring his two Suites for Military Band.
His one work for brass band, A Moorside Suite, remains an important part of the brass band repertoire.
Like many composers, Holst also played a musical instrument, in his case the trombone (a choice dictated by a medical condition that robbed him of the manual dexterity required for more obvious instruments such as the piano).
From 1933 Holst suffered from severe stomach problems. On May 25, 1934 he died of complications, following surgery in London. He is buried in Chichester Catherderal, West Sussex.
His daughter Imogen Holst was also a composer and conductor.
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Review: Interesting and rewarding pieces from the great English composer.
Songlist: If You Love Songs, Lovely Venus, The Fields of Sorrow, David's Lament for Jonathan, O Strong of Heart, Truth of all Truths, Evening on the Moselle, If 'twere the Time of Lillies
Review: These four early and unperformed part-songs are among a number of vocal works which Imogen Holst edited shortly before her death in 1984. A cappella.
Songlist: O Lady, Leave That Silken Thread, Soft and Gently, The Autumn is Old, Winter and the Birds
Review: This new edition of Holst's beloved settings (from Tennyson's long narrative poem) reveals them to be models of musical economy for the time-starved teacher, as well as gems of pure loveliness. Devices such as antiphonal and echo choirs, repeated sections in parallel major and minor, and well-handled canonic techniques, make each movement a distinctive delight.
Songlist: The Princess
Review: This is a welcome reissue of a fine release, including several gems, performed with spirit and more than mere competence by the Holst Singers and Orchestra under Hilary Davan Wetton. The program starts out with the Two Psalms from 1912, scored for choir, string orchestra and organ, fine but not particularly memorable works. The Six Choruses for male voices and string orchestra op. 53 belong to a different league, but these complex pieces aren't exactly easy listening. The Seven Part Songs op. 44 are very fine works as well - they belong to the period of Egdon Heath and more or less to the same style; and they do indeed exhibit many of the same qualities; they really display Holst's ear for sonorities and delicate but interesting textures. At first listening they might come across as a little austere, but closer attention is rewarded by almost shimmering, subtle beauty. The Evening Watch op. 43 also belongs to the same group, but is in the end a less memorable work. The Nunc Dimittis is lovely.
Songlist: Two Psalms, Psalm 86, Good Friday, How Mighty are the Sabbaths, Drinking Song, The Evening Watch, Say Who Is This?, Angel Spirits of Sleep, Sorrow and Joy, Assemble, All Ye Maidens
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|Song Name||Arranger||Composer||Artist||Recording Title||Format|
|Angel Spirits of Sleep||Gustav Holst||Holst Singers||The Evening Watch||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Angels Spirits of Sleep||Gustav Holst||Melodia Women's Choir||Twilight in the Garden of Dreams||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Assemble, All Ye Maidens||Gustav Holst||Holst Singers||The Evening Watch||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||San Francisco Girls Chorus||A San Francisco Christmas||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||Saint Mary's College Women's Choir||Across The Bar..||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||San Francisco Girls Chorus||Heaven and Earth||2 CDs||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||Ellerhein Girl's Choir||Kasvasin Kesk Kadakaid||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||Seattle Girls' Choir||Mosaic||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||Voices of Ascension||Mysteries Beyond - In Praise of Mary||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College||Repertoire For Women's Voices Vol 3||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||Malle Babbe Women's Choir||Sing, Choirs Of Angels||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria||Gustav Holst||Elektra Women's Choir||Skylark||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ave Maria, Op. 9b||Gustav Holst||Finzi Singers||Holst / Vaughan Williams Choral||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bring us in good ale||Gustav Holst||Various Arrangers||Encores For Choirs 2||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Bring Us in Good Ale||Gustav Holst||Robert Walker (editor)||The New Novello Part-Song Book||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|David's Lament for Jonathan||Gustav Holst||Gustav Holst||Eight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied Voices||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Drinking Song||Gustav Holst||Holst Singers||The Evening Watch||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Evening on the Moselle||Gustav Holst||Gustav Holst||Eight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied Voices||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|God of Fire (To Agni)||Gustav Holst||Nebraska Children's Choir||Magnificat||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Good Friday||Gustav Holst||Holst Singers||The Evening Watch||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Homeland||Gustav Holst||Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College||Repertoire For Women's Voices Vol 7||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|How Mighty are the Sabbaths||Gustav Holst||Holst Singers||The Evening Watch||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Hymn to the Waters||Gustav Holst||Peninsula Women's Chorus||Treasures||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Hymn: Personent Hodie||Gustav Holst||Harvard University Choir||Carols From The Yards||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I Saw Three Ships||Gustav Holst||Toronto Children's Chorus||A Ceremony of Carols||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I Vow To Thee My Country||Robert Prizeman||Gustav Holst / Cecil Spring-Rice||Libera||Angel Voices||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I vow to thee my country||Robert Prizeman||Gustav Holst / Cecil Spring-Rice||Libera||Free||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|If 'twere the Time of Lillies||Gustav Holst||Gustav Holst||Eight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied Voices||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|If You Love Songs||Gustav Holst||Gustav Holst||Eight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied Voices||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Mid Winter||Joseph Jennings / Leslie Woodgate||Gustav Holst||Chanticleer||Sing We Christmas||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Mid-wainter||Laura Farnell||Gustav Holst||Lawrence Children's Choir||Sing We Now of Christmas||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In The Bleak Mid-Winter||Joseph H. Jennings||Gustav Holst||Chanticleer||A Chanticleer Christmas||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|In The Bleak Mid-Winter||Gustav Holst||David Willcocks (editor)||Carols for Choirs Vol 3||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|In The Bleak Mid-Winter||Gustav Holst||Tudor Choir||Fair With Her First Born||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Midwinter||Roger Emerson||Gustav Holst||Bella Voce Young Women's Choir||A Bella Christmas: Angels Are Singing||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Midwinter||John Leavitt||Gustav Holst||Chautauqua Children's Chorale||Children of Light||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Midwinter||Richard Walters||Gustav Holst||Richard Walters||Classical Singers Christmas - High Voice||Songbook & CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Midwinter||Richard Walters||Gustav Holst||Richard Walters||Classical Singers Christmas - Low Voice||Songbook & CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Midwinter||Gustav Holst||Patrick M. Liebergen||Favorite Christmas Classics for Solo Singers - High||Songbook & CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Midwinter||Gustav Holst||Patrick M. Liebergen||Favorite Christmas Classics for Solo Singers - Low||Songbook & CD||MORE DETAILS|
|In the Bleak Midwinter||Gustav Holst||Chor Leoni||Yuletide Fires 2||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Love On My Heart||Gustav Holst||Melodia Women's Choir||Twilight in the Garden of Dreams||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Lovely Venus||Gustav Holst||Gustav Holst||Eight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied Voices||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Lullay my liking||Gustav Holst||Rodolfus Choir||A Choral Christmas||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Lullay My Liking||Gustav Holst||David Hill (Editor)||Noel 2 - Carols and Anthems for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Lullay, My Liking||Gustav Holst||Dale Warland Singers||Christmas Echoes Vol 2||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Nunc Dimittis||Gustav Holst||Finzi Singers||Holst / Vaughan Williams Choral||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Nunc Dimittis||Gustav Holst||Winchester Cathedral Choir||Lux Aeterna||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|O Lady, Leave That Silken Thread||Gustav Holst||Finzi Singers||Holst / Vaughan Williams Choral||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|O Love I Complain||Gustav Holst||Melodia Women's Choir||Twilight in the Garden of Dreams||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|