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Composer: Holst, Imogen (1907-1984)

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Year of birth1907
Year of death1984
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Proms Chamber Music 6: English melancholy and French eccentricity from London Conchord Ensemble and Tritschler

Robin Tritschler  ©  Sussie Ahlberg
After spending a short time away on the Southern coast of France, it was welcoming to attend a concert drawn from both sides of the continent shortly after returning: a French composer, two English composers and a work of a Frenchman arranged by a contemporary English musician.
****1
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Proms Chamber Music 5: Holst and Birtwistle with BBC Singers and the Nash Ensemble

Sir Harrison Birtwistle  ©  Hanya Chlala Arenapal
If I had to come up with a unifying theme for the BBC Singers’ Proms Chamber Music concert at Cadogan Hall, it would be “mystery”. Sir Harrison Birtwistle linked moths with mysteriousness in his mid-concert interview prior to the UK première of The Moth Requiem. Gustav Holst explored the mystery expressed in the ancient Rig Veda texts in his Choral Hymns of the Rig Veda.
***11
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