St Paul's Suite
St Paul’s Suite in C Major (Op. 29, No. 2), originally titled simply Suite in C, is a popular 13-minute, four-movement work for string orchestra by the English composer Gustav Holst. Finished in 1913, but not published until 1922 owing to revisions, it takes its name from St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, where Holst served as “music master” from 1905 to 1934; the composer was grateful to the school for building a soundproof studio for him. The suite is one of many pieces he wrote for the school’s students. Its movements are:
- I. Jig: Vivace (alternating between 6/8 and 9/8 time)
Incipit of the 1st Movement.
- II. Ostinato: Presto
Main ostinato of the 2nd Movement.
- 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)
Incipit of the 4th Movement.
- Gustav Holst article" – Humanities Web database
- St. Paul's Suite: Scores at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
- "Gustavus Theodore Holst: St. Paul Suite Op. 29 #2" at Classical Net
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