The Perfect Fool, H150, Op 39

Scope and Content

By Gustav Holst, 1920-1922. Opera in one act. The ballet with which the opera begins was written in 1918.

Libretto by the composer.

1. Fragmentary sketches for the ballet (1918), autograph manuscript, [12pp].

Note on the folio bag in Imogen Holst's hand states '2nd page of Dance often speaks of water for exhibition.'

2. Fragmentary sketches for opera (1920) with revisions (1921), autograph manuscripts [133pp].

3. Notes in Imogen Holst's and Rosamuns Strode's hands regarding the movements of various pages of sketches for exhibitions and loans, including for the Aldeburgh Festival. ([?]1980s)

4. Original envelope in which the sketches were strored, labelled in Gustav Holst's hand 'First music sketch, 1920 (with 1921 corrections on larger paper)

Conditions Governing Access

This material is made available under the standard conditions of the Britten-Pears Foundation. Readers will be required to produce proof of identity and to sign a Reader’s Undertaking form.

Related Material

See HOL/1/2/96/1-2 for published music fror The Perfect Fool.