Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo, Op. Instrumentation: Military Band. The premiere was conducted by the Marine Band's commander, Taylor Branson, although Holst himself was previously scheduled to conduct before falling ill. In fact, many even forgot that it was played at all; the April 14, performance by the Kiltie Band of Carnegie-Mellon University is often wrongly considered the premiere, and the Marine Band Library thought that the original parts were lost. It was not until quite recently that the original Marine Band parts were uncovered, as can be seen below. Click to expand.

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Hammersmith by Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst was a British composer and teacher. It was not until the early s that his career as a composer began to take off. Around this same time he acquired positions at both St. His music was influenced by his interest in English folk songs and Hindu mysticism, late-Romantic era composers like Strauss and Delius , and avante-garde composers of his time like Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Imogen Holst provides program notes in the score:. Holst afterwards rewrote it for full orchestra.


Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo

Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets , he composed many other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development. The subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, and the example of such rising modern composers as Maurice Ravel , led Holst to develop and refine an individual style. There were professional musicians in the previous three generations of Holst's family and it was clear from his early years that he would follow the same calling. He hoped to become a pianist but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. Despite his father's reservations, he pursued a career as a composer, studying at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford.


Gustav Holst

Year: published in Duration: c. Nineteen long years passed between the composition of Holst's last two works for winds, the Second Suite in F and the masterful Hammersmith. Commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC for its military band, Hammersmith was Holst's first band work for professional musicians, the earlier suites having been composed for amateur bands. Holst was to have conducted the first performance at the third annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association, but he was forced to cancel his appearance due to illness. Hammersmith in its original incarnation, Holst later re-wrote it for symphony orchestra remained unpublished and did not receive another performance until nearly 22 years later.


Hammersmith, Op.52 (Holst, Gustav)


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