August 26 2014

Since I mentioned Hammersmith and Gustav Holst in the last post (including comments), here is Holst’s enigmatic Hammersmith (1930): a prelude and a scherzo. Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell. I wonder what Miss Strudwick thought of it.

2 Responses to “Hammersmith”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    The St Paul’s Suite for string orchestra was before Miss Strudwick’s time. Holst wrote it for the school in 1912 when it built a soundproof studio for him. He published it in 1922.

    Jig (Vivace)
    Ostinato (Presto)
    Intermezzo (Andante con moto – Vivace – Tempo I)
    Finale (The Dargason) (Allegro)

    City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox:

    Wrong St Paul’s in the picture, which is Canaletto.

    But the Brook Green Suite, also for strings, is from 1933 and was also written for the school. Brook Green is near Hammersmith.


    City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox:

    The last movement is based on a tune Holst had heard in Sicily, which presumably accounts for the oranges.

    Hammersmith was not intended for school players.

    Other English string music written for ladies:


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