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Gustav Holst

Publisher: Novello & Co

Savitri (1909)
Text Writer
Gustav Holst
J Curwen & Sons Ltd
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Chamber Opera
Year Composed
30 Minutes
SATB (Hidden)
Soprano, Tenor, Bass
Programme Note
Gustav Holst Savitri (1909)

Satyavan returns home to his wife Savitri to find that Death has come to claim him. Death is moved by Savitri's welcome for him and, in promising to her life in all its fullness, finds that he is forced to surrender his claim on her husband.

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‘Holst’s one-act chamber opera is one of the quiet masterpieces of British music, arguably the most successful of all attempts to bring the culture of the East into the Western musical tradition….The vocal lines are haunting…this is a work in which a little means a lot, and every inflection of the word setting, or gesture in the orchestra acquires enormous significance…’
Andrew Clements, Guardian,20/05/2004
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