Original version of 1903 Holst composition performed for second time
By CMU Editorial | Published on Monday 5 November 2012
Following the performance last month of a new piece of work by Ludwig van Beethoven, discovered by a professor in one of the composer’s old sketchbooks, now a lost piece of music by Gustav Holst has been performed.
The original version of Holst’s ‘Wind Quintet’ was performed in his hometown of Cheltenham this weekend after it was restored by a musicologist. Originally published in 1903, the piece went missing in the 1920s. When it resurfaced in 1978 it was reworked by Holst’s daughter Imogen and republished in 1983, and it is that version of the piece that has since been (albeit rarely) performed.
But this weekend a version of the ‘Wind Quintet’ thought to be the same (more or less) as Holst’s original was performed, after being reconstructed by musicologist and Holst scholar Raymond Head. Ahead of the performance Graham Lockwood, Chairman of the Holst Birthplace Museum, told the BBC that he thought this was only the second time the composition had been performed as Holst originally intended.