Item Information

Egdon Heath

Dublin Core

Title

Egdon Heath

Description

The music of "Egdon Heath," inspired by Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native, is elusive and unpredictable. Its three main elements are set out at the beginning-a pulseless wandering melody, first for double basses and then all the strings, a sad brass processional and restless music for strings and oboe. All three intertwine and transmute, eventually coming to rest with music of desolation, out of which emerges a ghostly dance, the strangest moment in a strange work. After this comes a resolution of sorts, and the ending, though hardly conclusive, gives the impression of an immense journey achieved, even though "Egdon Heath" lasts no more than 12 minutes.

Creator

Holst, Gustav, 1874-1934

Date

August 1927

MODS

Key Date

1927-08

Form/Genre

manuscripts

Repository Name

Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library, Columbia University

Digital Origin

reformatted digital

Citation

Holst, Gustav, 1874-1934, “Egdon Heath,” Columbia University Libraries Online Exhibitions, accessed July 22, 2024, https://exhibitions.library.columbia.edu/exhibits/show/jewels/item/11259.

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