Patrick Reynolds, DMA
Gustav Holst, a British composer from the early 1900’s, is most well-known for writing The Planets, an orchestral suite with movements for each of the planets and their corresponding astrological personalities. A significant portion of Holst’s lesser-known compositions were based on British folk songs. This thesis explores the connections between Holst’s folk song-based pieces and The Planets in terms of the compositional devices of meter, tonality, orchestration, and melody. These compositional devices are threads that connect both types of pieces together and define Holst’s characteristic style.
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Dalrymple, Rachel M., "Connecting Compositions of Gustav Holst: Folk Songs and The Planets" (2023). Honors Theses. 393.
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