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A Holst Programme

on Regional Programme Northern

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THE HUDDERSFIELD GLEE
AND MADRIGAL SOCIETY
THE B B C NORTHERN
ORCHESTRA
Leader, ALFRED BARKER
Conductors: ROY HENDERSON and T. H. MORRISON
CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA
Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda i. Battle Hymn; 2. Hymn to the Unknown God; 3- Funeral Hymn
CHORUS
Partsong for Female Voices, Ave Maria
ORCHESTRA
A Japanese Suite, Op. 33
Prelude, Song of the Fisherman. 1. Ceremonial Dance; 2. Dance of the Marionette; Interlude, Song of the Fisherman ; 3. Dance under the Cherry Tree; Finale, Dance of the Wolves
CHORUS
Part Songs:
Now is the month of Maying, Swansea Town folk Song, Wassail Song
Hampshire Folk Song, The Song of the Blacksmith
CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA
Psalm cxlviii
Gustav Holst was born at Cheltenham in 1874. His family originally came from Sweden, from where they removed to Baltic Russia in the eighteenth century, and finally settled in England in 1807. Holst showed remarkable musical gifts when a child, and his father decided that he should become a pianist. However, Holst's first post was that of village organist, which he gave up in 1893 to enter the Royal College of Music, where he studied theory, composition, organ, and piano, and after several unsuccessful attempts won a scholarship. Neuritis in the hand forced Holst to give up any idea of becoming a professional pianist, so he took up the trombone.
On leaving the Royal College, Holst joined the orchestra of the Carl Rosa Company as first trombone and répétiteur. For some years he was also a member of the Scottish Orchestra and organist at Covent Garden. In 1903 Holst began his career as a teacher, first as music master at Alleyn's School ; then as musical director at Morley College, and in 1905 music master at St. Paul's Girls' School. In 1919 he was appointed to the staff of the Royal College as professor of composition, and in the same year, until 1923, held a similar post at Reading College.
The ' Japanese Suite ', to be heard this evening, has an interesting history. In 1916 the Japanese dancer, Michio Ito , produced a ballet at the London Coliseum, and Holst wrote a number of short dance pieces specially for it. Ito furnished the composer with real Japanese themes and all the six movements, except the third, are founded on these. The third has melodies of Holst's own invention.

Contributors

Leader:
Alfred Barker
Conductors:
Roy Henderson
Conductors:
T. H. Morrison
Unknown:
Carl Rosa
Unknown:
Michio Ito

Regional Programme Northern

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