The Perfect Fool, Op.39 (Holst, Gustav)

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Sheet Music


Ballet Music

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Publisher. Info. London: Novello & Co., Ltd., 1923. Plate 14991.
Misc. Notes 600 dpi
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Arranger Vally Lasker (1885-1978), piano reduction
Publisher. Info. London: Novello & Co., 1923. Plate 14981.
Misc. Notes This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.
The Lasker vocal score and arrangements are under copyright in the USA until 2019 and for another 10 years after then in Canada.
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General Information

Work Title The Perfect Fool
Alternative. Title
Composer Holst, Gustav
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.39
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IGH 25
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1918-1922
First Performance. 1923-05-14 in London, Covent Garden Theatre
Raymond Ellis (Fool)
Robert Parker (Wizard)
Walter Hyde (Troubadour)
Frederick Collier (Traveller)
Maggie Teyte (Princess)
Edna Thornton (Fool's Mother)
Eugene Goossens (conductor)
First Publication. 1923
Copyright Information While public domain even in the EU, this work remains under copyright in the USA.

In the USA, This item is not in the public domain because it was renewed 28 years after first publication with a proper notice or it was "restored" to copyright status via a Notice of Intent to Enforce (NIE) under the provisions of the GATT/TRIPS amendments. It will enter the US public domain on January 1st, 2019.

Copyrights renewed in 1951: April 12 (ballet), May 16 (vocal score, 2-piano arrangement).
Registrations R76961, R78502, R78503. (CCE III, Vol.5, pt.5c 1951. p.53)
Librettist Composer
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voices, orchestra
Fool/Farmer (spoken role)
Wizard (baritone)
Troubadour (tenor)
Traveller (bass)
Princess (soprano)
Fool's mother (contralto)
2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam, sleigh bells, tambourine, xylophone
celesta, harp, strings
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