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Gustav Holst: A Biography free pdf Gustav Holst was a leading figure in the new age of English music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His most celebrated work, "The Planets", is an orchestral tour de force, but he wrote music of startling originality in many forms, drawing inspiration from sources as varied as English folksong, oriental melody, the Apocrypha and Sanskrit literature, as well as from writers such as Keats, Hardy, Bridges and Whitman. This biography, by his daughter Imogen, was first published by Faber in 1938 and revised in 1969. In it she quotes at length from his many letters to his friends - especially to his closest colleague Vaughan Williams - and draws on her personal memories of Holst's later years.Holst struggled all his life against bouts of ill-health and depression, but his remarkable and good-humoured resilience enabled him to compose great music in often difficult circumstances. He was essentially a very private person, and the huge popular success of "The Planets" in 1919 disconcerted him. Imogen Holst describes the effect of this sudden fame on her father, and records the late flowering of his music in the final years of his life.

About Imogen Holst

Imogen Holst (1907-1984), the only child of Gustav Holst, was a musician of outstanding ability: composer conductor, writer and scholar, she was the first Director of Music in the Arts Department at Dartington in the 1940s- assistant to Benjamin Britten from 1952-64- an Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival, where she was a pioneer of early music- and friend, colleague and inspirer of many eminent musicians. For the last twenty years of her life she devoted much of her time to her father's legacy, performing recording and editing his music, as well as compiling the definitive Thematic Catalogue of his works for his centenary in 1974.

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Author : Imogen Holst
Publisher : Faber
Data Published : 29 May 2008
ISBN : 0571241999
EAN : 9780571241996
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 242 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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