Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Music Monday--Gustav Holtz

This is Second Suite in F for Military Band by Gustav Holtz.  It is one of the first pieces that my college wind ensemble played after I met my future husband.  He had the euphonium solo that occurs in the piece.  It remains one of my favorites.


TACParent said...

I'm sure you dh was awesome! Nice piece.

Kindred Spirit said...

Holst is one of my daughter's favorite composers; this really reminds me of her. Thank you for posting it.

Dymphna said...

He was awesome! Of course, I was a bit biased, lol. But he had a great sound on euphonium.

I like Holst, too, Kindred.

kkollwitz said...

Holst is one of a group of English conposers whose work is very accessible. I'd include in that group Delius, Parry, Finzi, and Williams...note how many are children of immigrants.

Catholics who sing "O God, Beyond All Praising" in church may not realize that melody is by Holst. It's called "Thaxted" after a village where Holst lived, and is also part of the Jupiter tune in his Planets suite.

Dymphna said...

I didn't realize (or didn't remember) that Holtz wrote "Oh God Beyond All Praising." I love hymns written by "classical" composers. They are always such good quality.

I'm definitely going to look into those 4 composers. I agree re: John Williams--he's phenomenal!

Dymphna said...

...or perhaps you mean Vaughn Williams. Unsurpassed!

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