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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The Praise of King Olaf: Gustav Holst was a British composer and teacher. Curiously, the original and more effective version for band was not performed until20 years after Holst ‘s death. In fact, many even forgot that it was played at all; the April 14, performance by the Kiltie Band of Carnegie-Mellon University is often wrongly considered the premiere, and the Marine Band Library thought that the original parts were lost.

Hammersmity Holst provides program notes in the score: September 21,Cheltenham, United Kingdom Died: The raucous good humor of the Saturday night crowds, the street vendors hawking their wares, and the often chaotic mood of city life are all given their due in the overlapping snatches of musical lines that are passed between the instrumental sections.

The score bears the dedication “To the Author of the Water Gypsies. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Holst afterwards rewrote it for full orchestra. Streams Videos All Posts. The Scherzo representing the Cockney street markets and the laughing, bustling crowds is boisterous, exuberant, and vulgar.


(1930) Hammersmith Op. 52

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. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

The Prelude representing the inexorable, “unnoticed and unconcerned” hamemrsmith is slow and unconcerned, reflecting a duality in its very key: If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. 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. Imogen Holst provides program notes in the score:. Understand that he wrote it believing that his performance was the actual premiere, demonstrating the extent to which the US Marine Band performance was forgotten.

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Gustav Holst – Hammersmith Prelude & Scherzo

Jazz Latin New Age. Hammersmith is a Prelude and Scherzo, its composition a result of Holst’s long familiarity with the Hammersmith metropolitan borough of London, which sits on the Thames River.

An illiterate barge worker and an an artist, a duality that obviously appealed to Holst. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Prelude and Scherzo, Op. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use hammerssmith site fully.

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Holst afterwards rewrote it for full orchestra. October 27, Author: You do not currently have access to this article. Paul Hindemith – “Konzertmusik,” Op. Sexy Trippy All Moods.


As the Scherzo closes, the reflective mood of the Prelude reemerges to conclude the work on a note of contentment and tranquillity. 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.

Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Those who knew nothing of this forty-year-old affection for the Hammersmith district of London were puzzled hammersjith the title.

Hammersmith has generated a lot of scholarship and general chatter. Commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC for its military band, Hammersmith was Holst’s first band work for professional musicians, the earlier suites having been composed for amateur bands.

It figures prominently in this internet biography of Holst and his nolst years. Nineteen long years passed between the composition of Holst’s last two works for winds, the Second Suite in F and the masterful Hammersmith.

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The premiere was conducted by the Marine Band’s commander, Taylor Branson, although Holst himself was previously scheduled to conduct before falling ill. It shows up on the Wind Repertory Projectwhich includes a useful errata list.

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