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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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A Note on Gustav Holst

A Note on Gustav Holst

(p.301) Chapter 68 A Note on Gustav Holst
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

Gustav Holst was a great composer, a great teacher, and a great friend. These are really only different aspects of the same thing—his pupils were his friends, his friends were always learning from him, his music made friends for him all over the world, even among those who had never seen him, and will continue to make more friends for him in the years to come. Holst never fumbles; he says what he means without circumlocution; he is not afraid of a downright tune such as both the tunes in “Jupiter.” On the other hand, where the depth of the thought requires recondite harmony, he does not flinch. The strange chords in “Neptune” make “moderns” sound like milk and water. These chords never seem “wrong,” nor are they incongruous; the same mind is evident in the remote aloofness of Egdon Heath and the homely tunes of the St Paul's Suite.

Keywords:   Gustav Holst, tunes, Jupiter, Neptune, Egdon Heath, St Paul's Suite

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