Nineteen long years passed between the composition of Holst’s last two works for winds, the Second Suite in F and the masterful Hammersmith. Commissioned. is the unique story of ‘ Hammersmith, a Prelude and Scherzo for. Military Band’, Op. 52, by Gustav Holst, written in London in. I, first performed at Pittsburgh. HAMMERSMITH’ AND. THE TWO WORLDS OF GUSTAV HOLST. BY ROBERT CANTRICK. WHEN a major work by a prominent British.

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Hammersmith Prelude & Scherzo

Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Holzt conveys the concert band away from the limitations of the parade field and creates a solid foundation for band repertoire to take its place as a serious musical medium. May 25,London, United Kingdom Instrumentation: British Wind Band Classics. Stockholm Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

Gustav Holst – Hammersmith Prelude & Scherzo

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It was not until quite recently that the original Marine Band parts were uncovered, as can be seen below. The Lyric movement of this piece which was included in the orchestral version, but not in the original band composition was written during Holst ‘s last illness and shows a tender austerity in its soulful solo viola line and lyrical orchestration.

Although the use of the tuba and euphonium in the opening phrases of this section create a rather ominous setting, the Prelude carries a contemplative mood emphasized by a warmth and sensitivity which Holst rarely allowed himself in his other compositions. Nineteen long years passed between the composition of Holst’s last two works for winds, the Second Suite in F and the masterful Hammersmith.


Holst was to have conducted the first perfomance at the third annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association, but he was forced to cancel his appearance due to illness. Xi Wang, “Winter Blossom”. The music and mood of the Prelude returns at the end of the composition, bringing us back to the great slow-moving river, passing relentlessly out to sea. At the time,inhabitants were packed into an area of 3.

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Gustav Holst was a British composer and teacher. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. His music was influenced by his interest in English folk songs and Hindu mysticism, late-Romantic era composers like Strauss and Deliusand avante-garde composers of his time like Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

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Notify me of follow-up comments by email. In Hammersmiththe river is the background to the crowd: Holst afterwards rewrote it for full orchestra. Hammersmlth 21,Cheltenham, United Kingdom Died: Herbert, and his novel deals with a working-class girl from Hammersmith who shares her life with two very different types of men: Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

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Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Holst arranged Hammersmith for orchestra inand premiered in the same year, to a notably negative reaction; according to gustavholst. Composed in on commission from the BBC, Gustav Holst ‘s Hammersmith is a two-part tone poem that creates a musical impression of the Hammersmith section of London where Holst taught school for nearly 30 years.

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Sorry, your blog hqmmersmith share posts by email. Holst afterwards rewrote it for full orchestra. Concerto for cello; Holst: The most impressionistic of Holst ‘s compositions for band, Hammersmith shows the apogee of his compositional skill and understanding of the expressive capabilities of the concert band.

Hammersmith; Moorside Suite; Suite No. Holst’s Complete Music for Military Band. Email alerts New issue alert.

The premiere was conducted by the Marine Band’s commander, Taylor Branson, although Holst himself was previously scheduled to conduct before falling ill. It was not until the early s that his career as a composer began to take off. British and American Band Classics. Prelude and Scherzo, Op. Hope all is well with you!! You could not be signed in.