Three folk songs:
Collected by George Gardiner
Arranged for mixed voices by Gustav Holst
- "Swansea Town"
- "Come to Me"
- "In Youth Is Pleasure"
Gustav Holst (1874-1934), together with his friend Ralph Vaughan Williams and many other English composers, embraced their country’s rich folk song heritage by arranging the tunes for choirs, bands and orchestras. Holst, particularly famous for his huge orchestral suite The Planets
, used a number of British folk songs in his compositions and also arranged them for choir. In his hands, these six folk songs, including "Swansea Town", collected by Scottish folklorist George Barnet Gardiner, are transformed into imaginative and elegant works of choral literature. Additionally, poetry by Christina Georgina Rossetti and Robert Wever are two of the many penned works from the British Isles Holst has set as part-songs for SATB choir. "Come to Me" and "In Youth Is Pleasure" show contrasting aspects of the composer's range, the former being romantic, lilting and harmonically challenging and the latter carefree and exuberant in its allegretto tempo.