Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 15 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
t. Imogene, Holst's only child, wrote her father's life, and was a conductor and musicologist herself, once being assistant to Benjamin Britten.
Boult. Sir Adrian Boult conducted the debut of "The Planets" and other works of Holst, as well as those of Vaughn Williams and other British composers.
Betelguese. "Betelguese" was one of Holst's many songs.
Hardy. Thomas Hardy's description of Egdon Heath in his "Return of the Native" was the basis of Holst's unforgettable rhapsody "Egdon Heath".
Keats. Holst set some poems of Keats' to music in his Choral Symphony, including a ravishing setting of the immortal "Ode To A Grecian Urn".
thirteen. His best-known operas are "Savriti", inspired by his Hindu studies, "At The Boar's Head", inspired by Shakespeare's Falstaff plays, "The Tale of the Wandering Scholar" and "The Perfect Fool". But Holst also penned nine earlier works: "Landsdown Castle", "Ianthe", "The Revoke", "The Idea", the operas for children "Cinderella", "he Magic Mirror" and "The Youth's Choice", another Hindu-influnced opera "Sita" and the parody "Opera As She Wrote".
t. Holst also studied astrology, which inspired "The Planets". BTW, the two missing planets from the suite are Earth and Pluto (which was undiscovered by the time of the score's debut.)
|When did his best-known work, "The Planets" debut?||Gustav Holst
1918. World War One still raged when Holst premiered his symphonic suite, a breakthrough in British orchestral music (and still one of my all-time favorites.)
St. Paul's. For most of his adult life, Holst taught music at St. Paul's, a girl's school in the Hammersmith district of London. He paid tribute to the school and the area in his "St. Paul's Suite" for strings and "Hammersmith" Prelude and Scherzo for military band.
Sanskrit. Fascinated by Hindu philosophy, Holst studied Sanskrit so he could read Hindu texts in their original language.
Grieg. Despite an early influence by Wagner, Holst's favorite was Norway's Edvard Grieg.
Neuritis. Holst also suffered asthma as a boy, but trombone playing cured it. However, the neuritis in his right arm stopped his performing, as it dogged him all his life. (he was set on composing, anyway!)
bassoon. Holst also studied violin as a boy, but never learned the bassoon.
|Holst's original family name was "von Holst". What nationality was his family?||Gustav Holst
Swedish. BION, the von Holsts were a musical family from Sweden, despite the German-sounding "von"!
Cheltenham. Holst's birthplace, Cheltenham, is in Gloucestershire County, the same county his friend and fellow composer Ralph Vaughn Williams was born in.