Two original manuscripts signed by English composer Gustav Holst were found in Bay of Plenty Symphonia’s music archive recently - and in their upcoming concert ‘Lost and Found’, these lost works, missing for more than 100 years, will come to life.
The two rediscovered works are ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’and ‘Two Songs Without Words’.
The latter piece has been known and performed several times since its premiere, but the whereabouts of the original score were unknown until now.
On the other hand, ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’has probably not been heard since its first performance in 1906, which was conducted by Holst himself.
He later reworked it into the ‘Somerset Rhapsody’, which is often performed, but this may be the first time in more than 100 years that the music is heard as originally written.
Colin Matthews, of the Holst Foundation in the UK, says: “These manuscripts are a remarkable find, particularly ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’, which don’t exist elsewhere in this form. This is an important and exciting occasion!”
Orchestral and choral music from other influential English composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries completes the afternoon’s entertainment.
The Scholars Pro Musica will join the orchestra for some outstanding English choral works, including Hubert Parry’s grand ‘Blest Pair of Sirens’and Elgar’s more romantic ‘Spanish Serenade’. The choir will also present some beautiful unaccompanied songs by Vaughan Williams and other composers of the period.
The ‘Lost and Found’ concert will take place at 3pm on Sunday, April 15 at the Baycourt Addison Theatre. Tickets are $10 via: www.ticketek.co.nz.
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