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First Suite in E flat


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Gustav Holst This PowerPoint presentation focuses on Gustav Holst's historical First Suite in E flat.
Piece Duration: 10 minutes The presentation also contains a brief history on Holst's life, composition construction,
Presentation Duration: 40-45 minutes and a section introducing the music terms used throughout the piece.
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First Suite in E flat

  1. 1. Created by Mr. Sierakowski (2007) Northern Illinois UniversityGrade 4
  2. 2. Gustav Holst (1874-1934)• Born on September 21st• Experienced a horrible childhood• Musical fascinations• More neuritis problemsNorthern Illinois University 2
  3. 3. More Holst• Composition career begins• Joins the Hammersmith Socialist Club• 1895 becomes interested in Hindu philosophy• Composition career at a stand stillNorthern Illinois University 3
  4. 4. First Suite in Eb (1909)• Composed in 1909• Cornerstone of wind literature• First Suite in three movements• First performed in 1920• Transcribed for orchestraNorthern Illinois University 4
  5. 5. Movement I - Chaconne• A short repeated harmonic progression, can be in triple meter.• Material used in movement I is quoted in other movements.Northern Illinois University 5
  6. 6. Movement II - Intermezzo• An interlude between to movements• The tempo is marked vivace, light in character• Holst shows off his mastery in writing for woodwind instruments• Clarinet and trumpet soli• Euphonium soloNorthern Illinois University 6
  7. 7. Movement III - March• A procession suited for a parade or martial affair• This movement is in ABA form• Holst shows off his mastery in writing for brass instruments• Combination of two melodies in a sophisticated counterpointNorthern Illinois University 7
  8. 8. More Holst• Holst’s interest in astrology• The Planets, (1914-1920)• Despised the popularity• May 25th, 1934Northern Illinois University 8
  9. 9. Vocabulary used in the “First Suite” • Suite – series of movements, same or related keys • Chaconne – repeated short progression, can be in triple meter • Allegro Moderato – moderately fast • Legato – smooth, and connected • Stacc. – staccato, detached or separated • Tutti – all voices or instruments together • Pesante – heavy, with great weight • a2 – a due, two instruments playing unison lines • Maestoso – in a dignified or majestic fashionNorthern Illinois University 9
  10. 10. More vocabulary • rit. al fine – slow down to the end • Intermezzo – an interlude between to movements • Vivace – lively or brisk manner • con sord. – con sordino, with mute • L’istesso tempo – same tempo • March – a procession suited for a parade or martial affair • con largezza – with length • Piu mosso – more motion • Meno mosso – less motionNorthern Illinois University 10
  11. 11. Related Information• Most played composition, timeless• Second Suite in F• HammersmithNorthern Illinois University 11
  12. 12. Resources Cited• Fennell, F. (1954). Time and the Winds. Kenosha: G. Leblanc Corporation.• Goldman, R. F. (1961). The Wind Band: Its Literature and Technique. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc.• Holst, G. (1948). First Suite in E Flat for Military Band [Score]. London: Boosey & Hawkes.• Miles, R. (1997). Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Vol. 1. Chicago : GIA Publications, Inc.• Taylor, K. (2007). A Biography of Gustav Holst. Retrieved March 28, 2007, from The Gustav Holst Website Website:• Udell, B. (1982). Standard Works for Band: Gustav Holsts First Suite in E Flat Major for Military Band. Music Educators Journal, 69(4), 27-30+58-60.• Mathers, A. (2005). Variations and Performance Practice and Editions in Holst’s First Suite in E Flat. Journal of Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, 1-13.Northern Illinois University 12