Philosophy, astrology and… Christmas lists?

Interesting posting from the Holst Project Archivist.

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Nobody panic- despite the title, this is not an (exceptionally early) festive post!

I had no idea that it was possible to observe, understand, and come to know, so many sides of one person through only one medium, until now. This is exactly what I have encountered in my first couple of weeks as the new Holst Project Archivist, engrossed in the task of cataloguing Gustav Holst’s notebooks and engagement diaries.

While to the eye, they appear as nothing special, simply every day notebooks, once tucked into a back pocket, these hastily, (and often scruffily) jotted records actually provide an invaluable insight into the man behind them, and also the man behind some of the most well-known English musical compositions of all time.

In Imogen Holst’s biography of her beloved father, Ralph Vaughan Williams contributes a poignant memory of a friend and contemporary:

Though he seemed sometimes to be living…

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About mj263

Music Collections Supervisor at Cambridge University Library. Wide musical interests. Often to be found stuck in a composer's archive, or enthusing about antiquarian music.
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