“March” from the First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Conducted by Elizabeth Limon
Elizabeth Limonis from the city of Chicago, where she has experienced performing in the Chicago Public Schools since the third grade. She was inspired to teach music by her band director in grade school, Mrs. Mary Whitted as well as her former high school band directors, Ms. Benita Gladney and Mr. David Cohn. At VanderCook College of Music , Elizabeth is chapter Vice President of the National Band Association, Fund Raising chair for the National Association for Music Educators chapter, and works in the front office. As a professional, Elizabeth has made it her goal to teach in an inner-city school of need to give students a vehicle for expression and open doors to a great future through music.
“March” from the First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst is the last of three movements in the suite, which rounds up many of the motives from the entire work. Written in 1909, the suite was Holst’s first composition for military band. The reason for Holst’s writing of the suite is unknown but it is speculated that Holst’s experience as a performer in the Scottish Orchestra and seaside bands contributed to his intent to write music specific to military bands. During the early 20th century, repertoire for British military bands consisted of only popular songs and orchestral transcriptions. This suite started a revolution of serious music for the mainstream military band. Holst influenced many composers who would also take the lead in this revolution such Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten.