Holst – A Fugal Quartet



Composers frequently like to push themselves with new challenges and disciplines. For them it is rather like starting the day by doing the Times Crossword. And in classical music there is very little that is more challenging than a fugue. So Holst has set himself the task of writing not just one fugue but a 3-movement suite crammed with fugal devices. But this isn’t a studious work. No way. It is lively, moody, exuberant, witty, and lots of fun. 8 mins. M

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