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Gustav Holst
HOLST SONGBOOK Volume 1 High Voice
Goodmusic GM345

Catalogue Number: GM345

ISMN: 9790222316324

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Gustav Holst composed solo songs for voice and piano at various stages of his career, but with an abundance from the late 1890s (towards the end of his student days) into the early 1900s. Richard Capell, writing in The Musical Times in January 1927, mentions that songs by Holst were appearing in the programmes of London recitals early in the 1900s and several early examples were heard in company with the first performances of Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel and The House of Life in 1904. Only a relatively small number of Holst's songs were published and, of those that were, many have been out of print for some time. The Holst Songbook (in 4 volumes, published in versions for both high and low voice) brings together all the solo songs for the first time and presents a wonderful opportunity for these hitherto undiscovered gems to be performed and appreciated for the first time.
Volume 1 includes 13 songs dating from the late 1890s. Indeed, we know that the majority date from 1897/1898. Holst, born in 1874, would have been 23/24 years old at the time. Holst's daughter Imogen was fairly dismissive of much of her father's early output and refused to use her H numbering sequence to such early works. Nevertheless, as all the works in Volume 1 have been ascribed an H number so I think that we can safely assume that Imogen approved of these works.

CONTENTS: O Lady, Leave thy Silken Thread (Range: D-G)
Spring’s Message (Fruhlingsbotschaft) (C-E)
Awake, my heart (E-A)
Song to the Sleeping Lady (E-F#)
The Ballade of Prince Eric (C-G)
A Lake and a Fairy Boat (D-F)
Sing Heigh-Ho (D-G)
Airly Beacon (E-G)
A Hope (E-G#)
The Day of the Lord (E-A)
Not a Sound (E-F)
Whether We Die or We Live (C-F)
Autumn Song (C-F)

The audio sample is a computer-generated performance [no words!] with male soloist. See GM346 for the LOW voice version where the audio has a female voice.

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