Holst Perfect Fool
The Perfect Fool is an opera in one act with both music and libretto by Holst. The work was composed over the period of 1918 to 1922 and received its premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre, London on 14 May 1923. In the music, Holst pokes fun at the works of Verdi, Wagner and Debussy. One interpretation of possible symbolism of the opera is that the Princess symbolises the world of opera and the Fool represents the British public. The music has an uncanny similarity to much of an earlier classic, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
This arrangement of The Perfect Fool is a perfect example (no pun intended!) of orchestral music arranged for wind orchestra. The clips here were recorded at our concert at All Saint's Church, Crowborough, in May 2011.
Perfect Fool Clip 1 Clip 2
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