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Composer of the month

Gustav Holst


St. Paul’s Suite
This  4-movement work was written for the girls’ school where Holst taught. Notice how the first movement (Jig) has a bouncy feel with its 6/8 and 9/8 meters.

Second Suite in F
This is a very famous work for band.

Nocturne from Two Pieces for Piano

Lyric Movement for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

The Planets








Mars arranged for two pianos
This was how Holst originally wrote the work before he made the orchestral version. (Performed by Richard Markham and David Nettle.)

Imogen Holst


Hallo my fancy, whither wilt thou go?

Phantasy String Quartet

Instrument of the Month

The Harp

Harp feature in Saturn from The Planets.

Beauty and the Beast performed on harp

Jazz harp playing by Dorothy Ashby

How a harp works with Ruth Holden (Philharmonia Orchestra London)

The March

The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

Rondo Alla Turca (The Turkish March) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pomp and Circumstance (graduation march) by Edward Elgar

Wedding March from the Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite by Felix Mendelssohn

July/August Musical Birthdays



4 - Louis Armstrong (1900-1971) American jazz trumpeter

4 - Stephen Foster (1826-1864) American song composer

6 - Vladimir Ashkenazy (b. 1937) Russian-born pianist

7 - Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Austrian late-Romantic composer and conductor

7 - Gian Carlo Menotti (1911- 2007) Italian American opera composer

12 - Van Cliburn (1934-2013) American concert pianist

17 - Peter Schickele (b. 1935) American composer and arranger, the inventor of P.D.Q. Bach

26 - Alexis Weissenberg (1929-2012) Bulgarian pianist


13 - Kathleen Battle (b. 1948) American opera singer (soprano)

22 - Claude Debussy (1862-1918) French composer

25 - Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) American composer, pianist, and conductor

31 - Itzhak Perlman (b. 1945) Israeli-American violinist