Holst, Gustav - The Hymn of Jesus (1/3)
Type of Spiritual Experience
Holst's first major work after The Planets was the Hymn of Jesus, completed in 1917. The words are from a Gnostic text, the apocryphal Acts of St John, using a translation from the Greek which Holst prepared with assistance from Clifford Bax and Jane Joseph. Head comments on the innovative character of the Hymn:
"At a stroke Holst had cast aside the Victorian and Edwardian sentimental oratorio, and created the precursor of the kind of works that John Tavener, for example, was to write in the 1970s".
Matthews has written that the Hymn's "ecstatic" quality is matched in English music "perhaps only by Tippett's The Vision of Saint Augustine"; the musical elements include plainsong, two choirs distanced from each other to emphasise dialogue, dance episodes and "explosive chordal dislocations".
A description of the experience
Gustav Holst (1874-1934): The Hymn of Jesus, per due cori, coro femminile e orchestra op.37 (1917) - London Symphony Chorus e London Symphony Orchestra diretti da Richard Hickox
The source of the experienceHolst, Gustav
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
OverloadsAsthma and allergy
SuppressionsCommuning with nature
Squash the big I am