Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer. He is most famous for his orchestral suite The Planets. His early works show the influence of Grieg, Wagner, Richard Strauss and fellow student Ralph Vaughan Williams,and later, through Vaughan Williams, the music of Ravel. The combined influence of Ravel, Hindu spiritualism and English folk tunes enabled Holst to free himself of the influence of Wagner and Strauss and to forge his own style. Holst's music is well known for unconventional use of metre and haunting melodies. Holst composed almost 200 works, including operas, ballets, choral hymns and songs. An enthusiastic educator, Holst became music master at St Paul's… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1906)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 34532 12326 23453
Key: F Major


In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #789
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The Cyber Hymnal #3005
Text: In the Bleak Midwinter
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The United Methodist Hymnal #221
Text: In the Bleak Midwinter
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Worship and Rejoice #196
Text: In the Bleak Midwinter


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