Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op.26 (Holst, Gustav)




Group 3, H.99

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Performer Pages DuPage Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Barbara Schubert (conductor)
Performers North Central College Women's Chorale
Publisher Info. DuPage, IL: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
Misc. Notes Performed 5 Fenruary 2005. From Internet Archive
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Publisher. Info. London: Stainer & Bell Ltd., 1911-12. Plate S. & B. Ltd. 1002, 1213, 1211, 1217.
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General Information

Work Title Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda
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Composer Holst, Gustav
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.26 ; H.97-100
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 14 pieces in 4 groups
  • Group 1, H.97
1. Battle Hymn
2. To the Unknown God
3. Funeral Hymn
  • Group 2, H.98
4. To Varuna
5. To Agni
6. Funeral Chant.
  • Group 3, H.99
7. Hymn to the Dawn
8. Hymn to the Waters
9. Hymn to Vena
10.Hymn to the Travellers
  • Group 4, H.100
11. Hymn to Agni
12. Hymn to Soma
13. Hymn to Manas
14. Hymn to Indra
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1908–1912
First Publication. 1911 (Group 1); 1912 (Groups 2–4) – London: Stainer & Bell.
Librettist Composer, based on the Rig Veda (translated from Sanskrit)
Language English
Dedication 2 dedicatees
Group 2: To Edward Mason and his Choir
Group 3: Frank Duckworth and his Ladies' Choir, Blackburn.
Average DurationAvg. Duration 38 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Choir (Women's Choir in Nos. 2 and 3, Men's in No.4), various accompaniments
External Links Gustav (Choral with varied accompaniment)
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Misc. Comments

Orchestrations: Group No.1 is for chorus and orchestra. Group 2 is "Three Hymns for Female Voices with accompaniment for orchestra, or piano with violins ad lib." - the violins, not the accompaniment. Group 3 is "Four Hymns for Female Voices, with Accompaniment for Harp or Piano". Group 4 is "Four Hymns for Male Voices, with Accompaniment for Piano or String Orchestra with Brass ad lib.". (This from an ad in the score.)