Music manuscripts of Gustav Holst

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1111 HOL/1/1
  • Dates of Creation
      circa 1891-1934
  • Physical Description
      17 boxes

Scope and Content

These are for published as well as unpublished works and include sketches, scores, arrangements and parts. There are roughly 105 music manuscripts held. There is a list of the manuscripts held with brief details, but the list is not comprehensive.


This series has been arranged according to H numbers and App numbers in Imogen Holst's 'A Thematic Catalogue of Gustav Holst's Music'. Many of these manuscripts were stored in envelopes and music folio bags labelled by H number and annotated by both Imogen Holst and Rosamund Strode. Where additional information regarding the manuscripts is given on the envelopes and folio bags, they have been retained with the manuscripts, but where they simply state the H number and title of the manuscript, and therefore give no further information, they have been removed and destroyed.

Access Information

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.

Other Finding Aids

There is a preliminary list of the manuscripts held (see list of lists no. 48).

Related Material

See HOL/1/11 for copies of Gustav Holst's music manuscripts held elsewhere.

See also HOL/1/4 for additional music manuscripts collected by Gustav Holst, including his own transcriptions of other composers' works.