Articles

 

For the interest of the reader, we are collecting a selection of articles to provide further insight into the life and works of Gustav Holst.

Newsletter September 2018

Download newsletter (PDF)

Newsletter July 2018

Download newsletter (PDF)

Download attachment (PDF)

Newsletter April 2018

Download newsletter (PDF)

Newsletter December 2017

Download newsletter (PDF)

Newsletter October 2017

Download newsletter (PDF)

Newsletter July 2017

Download newsletter (PDF)

 

Barnes 2018: Growth of a Festival

A review by Alan Gibbs of the Barnes Music Festival 2018.
Download article (PDF)

Gustav Holst – The Impact of the First World War

This was a lecture given by Chris Cope at the English Music Festival on 28 May 2018 .
Download article (PDF)

Gustav Holst – The Mystic Trumpeter – The Road to Absolute Greatness

This was a lecture given by Chris Cope (chairman of the Holst Society) at the English Music Festival held in late May 2017, when the Holst Society was launched.
Download article (PDF)

The Holst Family contribution to Cheltenham music making in the 19th century

A fascinating insight by Graham Lockwood into the musical life of Gustav Holst and his ancestors, beginning with his great-grandfather Matthias' move to London.
Download article (6MB PDF)

The Passing of Gustav Holst

The following article was written by the composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972) under the title “On the other hand” in the magazine Musical Opinion in the July 1934 edition.
Download article (PDF)

Gustav Holst: An English Composer

The following article was written by the composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972) and published in
Musical Opinion (January 1940).
Download article (PDF)

The Cloud Messenger

A paper by Raymond Head (one of our Vice Presidents) discussing Gustav Holst's choral work The Cloud Messenger.
Download article (PDF)

The Statesman-Poet Commemorated

A piece by Alan Gibbs (one of our Vice Presidents) on Sir Cecil Spring Rice who wrote the words I Vow to Thee My Country, to which Holst set the tune Jupiter (The Planets)
Download article (PDF)

Further reading

Gibbs, A (2000) Holst Among Friends London: Thames Publishing

Holst, I (1938) Gustav Holst Oxford: University Press

Holst, I (1968) The Music of Gustav Holst Oxford: University Press

Holst, I (1974) A Thematic Catalogue of Gustav Holst’s Music Oxford: University Press

Short, M (1990) Gustav Holst: The Man and his Music Oxford: University Press