Gustav Holst in Royal College of Music - the 1890's

from Letter from Holst to Vaughan Williams, 1903, page 15:

In one of Parry's lectures he played all the sketches Beethoven made for the 'Eroica' Funeral March (first theme). Sketch no 1 was not at all bad. No 3 was beautiful. No 6 was stupid. No 9 was bloody. The final one was a return to no 3. The moral of which is that if you spoil good stuff by working at it you must spoil the spoilation by more work.

cite as

Letter from Holst to Vaughan Williams, 1903. In Imogen Holst and Ursula Vaughan Williams (ed.), Heirs and rebels (London, ), p. 15. accessed: 12 June, 2024

location of experience: Royal College of Music


Gustav Holst
Composer, Teacher

Listening to

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Reflections on Parry's performances of Beethoven 'Eroica' sketches
written by Beethoven
performed by Hubert Parry

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1890's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:21:01 +0100
Approved on Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:21:02 +0000