Gustav Holst in London - 31 August, 1933

from Letter from Gustav Holst to Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1 September 1933, pages 83-84:

It is difficult to thank you for last night because I've said it all before. I went expecting a real treat but I doubt if I've ever been so carried away by it before - which is saying a great deal. And I'm going to repeat myself - it's the very essence of you. Which is one of the two reasons (the other being that it is a beautiful work of art) why it is such an important event in my life. It was a stroke of either a) genius or b) unconscious humour, to do it just after the Hindemith. It reminded me of the first definite idea of life I learnt while still in my cradle. Namely, that …   more >>
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Gustav Holst, Letter from Gustav Holst to Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1 September 1933. In Imogen Holst and Ursula Vaughan Williams (ed.), Heirs and rebels (London, ), p. 83-84. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: London


Gustav Holst
Composer, Teacher

Listening to

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Vaughan Williams - 'Pastoral Symphony' (conducted by the composer)
written by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 August, 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:45:55 +0100
Approved on Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:25:49 +0000