Holst's masterpiece, the Suite #1 in E-flat originally for Military Band has been brilliantly transcribed for 14 part Brass Ensemble, Timpani & Percussion by Angus Armstrong of the Capital Brass in Ottawa, Canada.
The work is in three movements: 1. Chaconne, 2. Intermezzo and 3. March, about 11 minutes in length total for advanced performers.
Instrumentation:Piccolo Trumpet, E-flat Trumpet, Trumpet 3 & 4 in Bb, Horns 1 & 2 in F, Trombones 1 & 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani/Triangle, Percussion 1 & 2.
This composition is a major work in the band repertoire and now that it is available for Brass Ensemble, it will become a must have for all.
Having studied at the Royal College of Music in London, his early work was influenced by Grieg, Wagner, Richard Strauss and fellow
student Ralph Vaughan Williams, and later, through Vaughan Williams, the music of Ravel. The combined influence of Ravel, Hindu
spiritualism and English folk tunes enabled Holst to free himself of the influence of Wagner and Strauss and to forge his own style.
Holst's music is well known for unconventional use of metre and haunting melodies.
Holst composed almost 200 works, including operas, ballets, choral hymns and songs (see Selected works below).
An enthusiastic educator, Holst became music master at St Paul's Girls' School in 1905 and director of music at Morley College in 1907,
continuing in both posts until retirement.
He was the brother of Hollywood actor Ernest Cossart and father of the composer and conductor Imogen Holst, who wrote a biography
of him in 1938.
He was originally named Gustavus Theodor von Holst, but he dropped the "von" from his name in response to anti-German sentiment in
Britain during World War I, making it official by deed poll in 1918.