Brook Green Suite


by Gustav Holst

string orchestra
String Orchestra
First Performance
March 1934, St Paul's Girls' School: St Paul's Girl's School combined orchestras/Gustav Holst

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Programme Notes
Holst - Brook Green Suite 1st Movement: Prelude 2nd Movement: Air 3rd Movement: Dance Holst wrote the Brook Green Suite for the St. Paul=s Girls= School Junior Orchestra in 1933, twenty years after he had written the St. Paul=s Suite. During 1933 he had to spend a good deal of his time in hospital, but there were very few weeks when he was too ill to go on composing. He was able to direct the dedicatees in their first informal try-through of the suite in the school hall in March 1934, two months before his death. The score was published posthumously, with his own indications for >ad lib.= woodwind parts. The cheerful tune half-way through the last movement is one that he remembered hearing played in a puppet show when he was on holiday in Sicily. Programme note by Imogen Holst c G & I Holst Ltd

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