Best Holst Books
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1. The Planets in Full Score (Dover Music Scores)
Author: by Gustav Holst
Published at: Dover Publications (January 21, 1997)
Among the most popular and important modern British composers, Gustav Holst (18741934) was a true eccentric, given to odd enthusiasms and mystical musings. His spectacular symphonic suite The Planets, first performed in 1918, established his international reputation and remains a staple of the orchestral repertoire to this day.
Scored for huge orchestral forces and a wordless chorus, the work is divided into seven movements, the music of each embodying the astrological and mystical qualities of a different planet. From the ominous, relentless march of “Mars, the Bringer of War” to the robust festivities of “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” and the weird, unearthly hush of “Neptune, the Mystic,” the emotional sweep and innovative techniques of the suite have delighted and thrilled its vast audience ever since its spectacular debut.
Musicians and music lovers alike will want to own this authoritative, attractively published and inexpensive full score.
2. Second Suite in F: Full Score (CONCERT BAND/HA)
Author: by Colin Matthews
Published at: Boosey & Hawkes; Revised edition (June 1, 2004)
(Boosey & Hawkes Concert Band). Set of Parts available: 48010591.
3. Planets (Complete): Piano Duet
Author: by Gustav von Holst
Published at: G. Schirmer, Inc.; Illustrated edition (November 1, 1986)
(Piano Duet).Two Pianos, Four Hands. 2 Copies needed to perform.
4. First Suite In E Flat For Military Band Deluxe Score With CD 1St
Author: by HOLST G
Published at: BOOSEY & HAWKES US (September 1, 2005)
(Boosey & Hawkes Concert Band). Recognized as the first true masterpiece for wind band, this new updated edition of the authentic Colin Matthews version now includes a full recording by the U.S. Marine Band conducted by Frederick Fennell! Certain to remain a repertoire staple for years to come, this edition provides an indispensible audio tool to help your students better understand all the stylistic Fennell nuances inherent in this monumental work.
5. First Suite in E-flat, Op. 28 No. 1: Study score
Author: by Gustav Holst
Published at: Serenissima Music, Incorporated; Urtext ed. edition (January 27, 2012)
Gustav Holst’s first excursion into music for band (known as “military band” at the time) was composed in 1909. Despite there being very little standardization of the instruments and number of players used in such ensembles, Holst managed to score his three-movement work in a very flexible way so that the work could be played by an ensemble with as few as 19 wind and brass players, plus percussion.
Although the occasion and ensemble which motivated the work’s creation remain obscure, the ‘First Suite’ became tremendously popular in the years after its first publication in 1921. With the advent of public school bands in the USA, the original publisher added numerous parts for instruments not found in the original manuscript and provided substitutes for some originally designated instruments which had become obsolete over the years, producing a bloated full score in 1948.
Richard Sargeant’s newly engraved edition goes back to Holst’s small band concept, with substitutions made to match the parts disposition and timbre of original score. Now available at an affordable price in a convenient format, this score will be welcomed by bands, wind ensembles and devoted fans of a work which is now part of the core repertoire worldwide.
6. Road to Rembetika: music of a greek sub-culture, songs of love, sorrow and hashish
Author: by Gail Holst
Published at: Denise Harvey (Publisher); 5th edition (January 7, 2014)
The rembetika, songs that were sung in the poor quarters of Smyrna, Istanbul and the ports of Greece in the late nineteenth century, and became the popular bouzouki music of the 1930s to 1950s, have many parallels with American blues.
Like the blues, the rembetika were the music of outsiders, who developed their own slang and their own forms of expression. Road to Rembetika was the first book in English to attempt a general survey of the world of the ‘rembetes’ who smoked hashish and danced the passionate introspective zebekiko to release their emotions.
The author Gail Holst, an Australian musician and writer who first came to Greece in 1965 and who has continued to perform and write about Greek music ever since, describes her own initiation into the rembetika, outlines its historical and sociological background, its musical characteristics and instrumentation.
The second part of the book is a collection of rembetika songs in Greek with the English translation en face. The text is illustrated with photographs of the period, musical examples and original manuscripts of the songs. Although Road to Rembetika was first published many years ago, this revised edition of this now classic book still remains the most vibrant portrayal of this musical genre.
7. Holst: The Planets (Cambridge Music Handbooks)
Author: by Richard Greene
Published at: Cambridge University Press (April 28, 1995)
This book is the first comprehensive guide to Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets. It considers the music in detail and places the work in its historical context, describing the circumstances of its composition and its meteoric rise to popular acclaim.
Starting with Holst’s particular interest in astrology, Greene reveals a profound statement of human character and Holst’s own psychological journey toward the mystical state. Using parallels in the verbal and visual arts, Greene weaves here a fascinating tale of musical communication.
8. The Planets: Op. 32 (Dover Miniature Music Scores)
Author: by Gustav Holst
Published at: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (July 28, 2000)
Among the most popular and important modern British composers, Gustav Holst (18741934) was a true eccentric, given to odd enthusiasms and mystical musings. His spectacular symphonic work The Planets, first performed in 1918, established his international reputation and remains a staple of the orchestral repertoire to this day.
Scored for huge orchestral forces and a wordless chorus, the work is divided into seven movements, the music of each embodying the astrological and mystical qualities of a different planet. From the ominous, relentless march of “Mars, the Bringer of War” to the robust festivities of “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” and the weird, unearthly hush of “Neptune, the Mystic,” the emotional and innovative techniques of the suite have delighted and thrilled its vast audience ever since its spectacular debut.
Musicians and music lovers alike will want to own this authoritative, attractive, and inexpensive full score.
9. An ABC of Music (Oxford Quick Reference)
Author: by Imogen Holst
Published at: Oxford University Press (December 31, 1963)
“Learning to read music, and learning its grammar, need not be dull or too much trouble,” writes Benjamin Britten in his Foreword to this book. An introduction to the language of music, designed for the amateur musician, An ABC of Music surveys all the musical terms and ideas likely to be met in the beginning stages of learning to play an instrument.
A short, practical guide to the essentials of rudiments, harmony, and form, it is capable of being read straight through with pleasure and understanding, but may also be used as a sort of cumulative dictionary, with each definition leading on to the next.
10. St. Paul's Suite: Study score
Author: by Gustav Holst
Published at: Serenissima Music, Incorporated (November 25, 2011)
Holst’s popular suite was named for the St. Paul’s Girls’ School of Hammersmith, London – where he was the music director from 1904 until his death thirty years later. Composed in 1912 as a token of gratitude for the installation of a sound-proof teaching studio.
Holst composed this and nearly all subsequent works in this studio. Now available in a newly-engraved, easy-to-read score edited by Richard Sargeant.1.Jig 2.Ostinato 3.Intermezzo 4. Finale (The Dargason)
11. Imogen Holst: A Life in Music: Revised Edition (Aldeburgh Studies in Music)
Author: by Christopher Grogan
Published at: Boydell Press; Revised edition (November 18, 2010)
Imogen Holst was one of the most wide-ranging and highly regarded of musicians. Popular with all who knew her, she was intensively protective of her inner life, reminding one friend of a ‘locked door of which she had thrown away the key’.Imogen Holst: A Life in Music uses a wealth of newly discovered material to explore the complexities and contradictions of her life and career, drawing on her own writings – ranging from heartfelt early poetry, through correspondence, to a series of journals that maintain a colourful record of her travels and achievements.
Most revealing of these is the daily journal that she kept at the start of her working association with Britten, adocument that provides a unique insight both into her own thoughts, and into the professional and domestic life of a major composer.
Extensively revised with new material, the book also includes a study of Imogen Holst’s music and a chronological list of her works, revealing her as a composer of tremendous talent, whose music deserves to be much more familiar. CHRISTOPHER GROGAN is Director of Collections and Heritage at the Britten-Pears Foundation.