The Complete Wind Music of Gustav Theodore Holst
Review by Shea Lolin.
This is a very attractive booklet which should be in the possession of every wind-band musician. It is packed with information, not only about the well-known pieces, but also others which are not often discussed, such as the Morris Dance Tunes and The Praise of King Olaf (both from 1911). There is a complete chart of Holst's wind music, giving dates and details of composition, first performance and publication for each piece, together with biographical information about Holst and his connection with Morley College where Lolin curated an exhibition.
The booklet is in oblong format (15x21 cm - small enough to fit into a large pocket) and is nicely designed, with many photographs and other illustrations which have not often been published. One very attractive feature is that there are several facsimiles of Holst's manuscript scores which give a fascinating insight into the composer at work. It's a miracle that there is so much information contained in such a booklet, and priced at only ?6 it's got to be the bargain of the year. Copies can be obtained direct from Shea Lolin at www.shealolin.co.uk or from the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham, tel. 01242 524846.