St Paul's Suite
St Paul's Suite (Op. 29, No. 2) originally titled Suite in C, is a composition for string orchestra by the English composer Gustav Holst. It was written in 1912, but due to revisions wasn't published until 1922. It is named after the St Paul's Girls' School in the United Kingdom, where Holst was Director of Music from 1905 to 1934. It was written in gratitude to the school which had built a soundproof studio for him. It is written for strings, but he added wind parts for his students at St. Paul's to allow more students to participate. He had written many pieces for his students at St. Paul's, but this suite is the most famous.
The suite has four movements:
- I. Jig: Vivace (alternating between 6/8 and 9/8 time)
- II. Ostinato: Presto
- III. Intermezzo: Andante con moto (labeled "Dance" in the manuscript)
- IV. Finale (The Dargason): Allegro (arranged from the "Fantasia on the Dargason" from his Second Suite in F for Military Band)
- Liner notes, "Gustav Holst", Eroica Recordings.
- Gustav Holst article" - Humanities Web database
- St. Paul's Suite: Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- "Gustavus Theodore Holst: St. Paul Suite Op. 29 #2" at Classical Net
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