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Gustav Holst

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Gustav Holst

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.

Discography (See list of Compositions.)

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Gustav Holst : Eight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied Voices

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

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7318b | 01 Songbook | $7.95 | Unison | A CappellaUnison Voices


Gustav Holst : Four Part-Songs

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

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5031b | 01 Songbook | $11.95 | SATB | A CappellaEnglish Choral Arrangements


Gustav Holst : The Princess

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

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8037b | Sheet Music | $3.95 | SSAA | A CappellaFemale Voice Arrangements


Holst Singers : The Evening Watch

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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6165c | 00 1 CD | $11.95 | A CappellaEnglish Choral CDs

Compositions ( See Discography.)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistRecording TitleFormat
Angel Spirits of SleepGustav HolstHolst SingersThe Evening Watch 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Angels Spirits of SleepGustav HolstMelodia Women's ChoirTwilight in the Garden of Dreams 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Assemble, All Ye MaidensGustav HolstHolst SingersThe Evening Watch 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave MariaGustav HolstSan Francisco Girls ChorusA San Francisco Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave MariaGustav HolstSaint Mary's College Women's ChoirAcross The Bar.. 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave MariaGustav HolstSan Francisco Girls ChorusHeaven and Earth 2 CDsMORE DETAILS
Ave MariaGustav HolstEllerhein Girl's ChoirKasvasin Kesk Kadakaid 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave Maria Gustav HolstSeattle Girls' ChoirMosaic 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave Maria Gustav HolstVoices of AscensionMysteries Beyond - In Praise of Mary 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave Maria Gustav HolstManitou Singers of St. Olaf CollegeRepertoire For Women's Voices Vol 3 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave Maria Gustav HolstMalle Babbe Women's ChoirSing, Choirs Of Angels 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave MariaGustav HolstElektra Women's ChoirSkylark 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ave Maria, Op. 9bGustav HolstFinzi SingersHolst / Vaughan Williams Choral 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Bring us in good ale Gustav HolstVarious ArrangersEncores For Choirs 2SongbookMORE DETAILS
Bring Us in Good AleGustav HolstRobert Walker (editor)The New Novello Part-Song BookSongbookMORE DETAILS
David's Lament for JonathanGustav HolstGustav HolstEight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied VoicesSongbookMORE DETAILS
Drinking SongGustav HolstHolst SingersThe Evening Watch 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Evening on the MoselleGustav HolstGustav HolstEight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied VoicesSongbookMORE DETAILS
God of Fire (To Agni) Gustav HolstNebraska Children's ChoirMagnificat 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Good FridayGustav HolstHolst SingersThe Evening Watch 1 CDMORE DETAILS
HomelandGustav HolstManitou Singers of St. Olaf CollegeRepertoire For Women's Voices Vol 7 1 CDMORE DETAILS
How Mighty are the SabbathsGustav HolstHolst SingersThe Evening Watch 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Hymn to the Waters Gustav HolstPeninsula Women's ChorusTreasures 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Hymn: Personent Hodie Gustav HolstHarvard University ChoirCarols From The Yards 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I Saw Three ShipsGustav HolstToronto Children's ChorusA Ceremony of Carols 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I Vow To Thee My CountryRobert PrizemanGustav Holst / Cecil Spring-RiceLiberaAngel Voices 1 CDMORE DETAILS
I vow to thee my countryRobert PrizemanGustav Holst / Cecil Spring-RiceLiberaFree 1 CDMORE DETAILS
If 'twere the Time of LilliesGustav HolstGustav HolstEight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied VoicesSongbookMORE DETAILS
If You Love SongsGustav HolstGustav HolstEight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied VoicesSongbookMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak Mid WinterJoseph Jennings / Leslie WoodgateGustav HolstChanticleerSing We Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak Mid-wainterLaura FarnellGustav HolstLawrence Children's ChoirSing We Now of Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
In The Bleak Mid-WinterJoseph H. JenningsGustav HolstChanticleerA Chanticleer ChristmasSongbookMORE DETAILS
In The Bleak Mid-WinterGustav HolstDavid Willcocks (editor)Carols for Choirs Vol 3SongbookMORE DETAILS
In The Bleak Mid-WinterGustav HolstTudor ChoirFair With Her First Born 1 CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak MidwinterRoger EmersonGustav HolstBella Voce Young Women's ChoirA Bella Christmas: Angels Are Singing 1 CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak MidwinterJohn LeavittGustav HolstChautauqua Children's ChoraleChildren of Light 1 CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak MidwinterRichard WaltersGustav HolstRichard WaltersClassical Singers Christmas - High VoiceSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak MidwinterRichard WaltersGustav HolstRichard WaltersClassical Singers Christmas - Low VoiceSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak MidwinterGustav HolstPatrick M. LiebergenFavorite Christmas Classics for Solo Singers - HighSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav HolstPatrick M. LiebergenFavorite Christmas Classics for Solo Singers - LowSongbook & CDMORE DETAILS
In the Bleak Midwinter Gustav HolstChor LeoniYuletide Fires 2 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Love On My HeartGustav HolstMelodia Women's ChoirTwilight in the Garden of Dreams 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Lovely VenusGustav HolstGustav HolstEight Canons for Equal Unaccompanied VoicesSongbookMORE DETAILS
Lullay my likingGustav HolstRodolfus ChoirA Choral Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Lullay My LikingGustav HolstDavid Hill (Editor)Noel 2 - Carols and Anthems for Advent, Christmas and EpiphanySongbookMORE DETAILS
Lullay, My Liking Gustav HolstDale Warland SingersChristmas Echoes Vol 2 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Nunc Dimittis Gustav HolstFinzi SingersHolst / Vaughan Williams Choral 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Nunc Dimittis Gustav HolstWinchester Cathedral ChoirLux Aeterna 1 CDMORE DETAILS
O Lady, Leave That Silken ThreadGustav HolstFinzi SingersHolst / Vaughan Williams Choral 1 CDMORE DETAILS
O Love I ComplainGustav HolstMelodia Women's ChoirTwilight in the Garden of Dreams 1 CDMORE DETAILS
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