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Gustav Holst
CLEAR AND COOL for choir and orchestra
Goodmusic GM300

Catalogue Number: GM300

ISMN: 9790222312012

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Orchestration: 3 Flutes (3rd optional), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones (optional), Tuba (optional), Timpani
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Mixed Voice Choir (SATB)

The first and only performance of Clear and Cool in Holst's time took place on 26th March 1897 at the Athenaeum, Goldhawk Road, London, accompanied on the piano by Thomas Dunhill.
Reflecting his increased interest in politics, Holst had formed a Hammersmith Socialist Choir (where he met his future wife Isobel). The text is from The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, widely read by generations of children. Here he describes the contrasting qualities of a river, symbolising good and evil, and the ABA structure of the poem is reflected in Holst's musical setting. His earliest works were influenced by the music of Sullivan, but here there is more than a hint of Wagner in some of the harmonic progressions. Although Holst had prepared a full orchestral accompaniment, it remained dormant for 122 years!

Composed 1897, First publication 2020
First performance with orchestra 23rd November 2019 by the Charlton Kings Choral Society in Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham conducted by John Wright.

Duration 8 minutes

Edition edited by John Wright. Scores and orchestral material available on sale or hire.

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