St Paul's Suite

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St Paul’s Suite in C Major (Op. 29, No. 2), originally titled simply Suite in C,[1] 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.[2] Its movements are:

  • I. Jig: Vivace (alternating between 6/8 and 9/8 time)

\version "2.18.2"

\new Staff {
  \time 6/8
  \tempo Vivace 4.=144
  \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
  d'4(\f
  e'8)
  f'4(
  f'8-.)
  |
  e'4(
  c'8)
  d'4(
  d'8-.)
  |
  e'4(
  f'8)
  g'8([
  f'8
  e'8])
  |
  d'4.
  d'4(
  d'8-.)
  |
  e'4(
  f'8)
  g'4(
  g'8-.)
  |
  a'4(
  a'8-.)
  e'8([
  d'8
  c'8])
  |
  d'4(
  c'8)
  b8([
  a8
  g8])
  |
  a4(
  b8)
  c'4(
  e'8)
  \bar "||"
  \time 9/8
  d'4.
  d'4.
  e'4.
  |
  c'4.
  a4(
  b8)
  c'8([
  b8
  a8])
  |
  d'4.
  d'4.
  e'4.
  |
  f'4(
  e'8)
  d'4(
  c'8)
  b8([
  a8
  g8])
  \bar "."
}

Incipit of the 1st Movement.


\version "2.18.2"

\new Staff {
  \time 3/4
  \tempo Presto 4. = 200
  \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
  |
  a''2^"arco"(
  c''4)
  |
  g''2(
  c''4)
  |
  f''4(
  a'4
  b'4)
  |
  c''4(
  g''4
  c'''8[
  b''8])
  |
  a''2(
  c''4)
  |
  g''2(
  c''4)
  |
  f''4(
  a'4
  b'4)
  |
  c''2
  r4
}

Main ostinato of the 2nd Movement.


\version "2.18.2"

\new Staff {
  \time 6/8
  \clef treble
  \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
  \tempo Allegro 4. = 120
  \transpose d c { \relative c'' {
    \partial 8 a8\pp\upbow | fis4( d8) d4( d8-.) | fis4( g8) a( g fis) | g4( e8) e4( e8-.) | g4( a8) b( a g) |
    fis4( d8) d4( d8-.) | d'4( d8-.) cis( b a) | g4( e8) e4( e8-.) | e'4( d8) cis( b a) |
  } }
}

Incipit of the 4th Movement.

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