A Comprehensive Biography of Composer Gustav Holst, with Correspondence and Diary Excerpts: Including His American Years (Studies in the History & Int
By: Jon C. Mitchell (author)Hardback
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Based upon and containing many of Holst's own personal letters, diaries and notebook entries, this study provides an intimate portrait of this larger-than-life personality. Many of Holst's innermost thoughts regarding musical composition, performance and music education are disclosed here. In addition, there is a significant amount of information concerning Holst's work ethics at all six of his places of employment. It also provides a view of the composer from this side of the Atlantic, shedding considerable light on Holst's plans and activities regarding his three American visits that is not found in the other biographies. A significant numbr of chapters are devoted to Holst's 1932 semester-long lectureship at Harvard University. The appendices include examples of Holst's manuscripts, thumbnail sketches of persons associated with his career, and (unique to this text) a chronological listing of his compositions.
Cheltenham through student days at the Royal College of Music; the professional trombonist; girls' schools and folk tunes; Morley College; 10, The Terrace, Barnes; more suites and "The Cloud Messenger"; new music wing, dirge and "The Planets"; Thaxted and "The Hymn of Jesus"; wartime services with the YMCA; the education of composers; in the wake of "The Planets"; coping with fame; an invitation from America; first American visit; recordings, first choral symphony, at the Boar's Head, music for amateurs; the Damrosch Commission; the premieres of Egdon Heath; a second American invitation; second American visit; 1929-1931; the bells; Harvard beckons; the star conductor; New York; the Harvard professor; Montreal and return to New York; Boston and Washington DC; recovery; return to Ann Arbor; farewell to America; late 1932; Carlisle; lyric movement and Brook Green suite; the song of Solomon; the final months.
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