Holst, Imogen (Clare)
- Christopher Tinker
(b Richmond, Surrey, April 12, 1907; d Aldeburgh, March 9, 1984). English writer on music, conductor, composer and administrator, daughter of Gustav Holst. She studied at the RCM, where she held a composition scholarship for tuition with George Dyson and Gordon Jacob. She won the Cobbett Prize in 1928 and the Octavia travelling scholarship in 1930. Following a period of teaching, she became a traveller for the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA) in 1940, and in 1942 was appointed Director of Music at Dartington Hall. She is well known for folksong arrangements, but her serious compositions remained underestimated and largely unknown until the 1980s. Her earliest works were influenced by her father but her own musical language developed great individuality during the 1940s. Her music is linear in construction, often featuring the minor 2nd, with quartal harmony adding to its tonal ambiguity; her increasingly personal use of scales and simultaneous major and minor 3rds extends to polymodality. Examples from this period include the Serenade (...