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Gustav Holst: Op. 32, The Planets, an orchestral suite in seven pieces. Original manuscript full score

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The original manuscript of the full score of The Planets, an orchestral suite in seven pieces, by Gustav Holst, written 1914-1917. The original title page reads: 'Seven pieces for large orchestra', Gustav von Holst. Op. 32'.

Written out with the aid of several amanuenses, Vally Lasker, Nora Day, Jane Joseph and an unidentified professional copyist. For a detailed discussion of the various handwriting in this manuscript, see Imogen Holst's account in the facsimile edition, pp. 227-232.

  1. Mars. Mainly autograph, xiv + 38 pages.
  2. Venus. Mainly autograph, viii + 22 pages.
  3. Mercury. Autograph, viii + 40 pages.
  4. Jupiter. Almost entirely written by assistants, viii + 60 pages.
  5. Saturn. Mainly autograph, viii + 28 pages.
  6. Uranus. Mainly autograph, viii + 40 pages.
  7. Neptune. Almost entirely written by assistants, viii + 28 pages.


  • Creation: 1914-1917


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Use

This manuscript is only available with the permission of the Music Curator.

Preferred Citation

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MS. Mus. b. 18/1-7

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16560


The original manuscript of the full score of The Planets, an orchestral suite in seven pieces, by Gustav Holst, written 1914-1917.

Biographical / Historical

Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was a composer. See Grove Music Online for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Imogen Holst 'as a tribute to the work of Sir Hugh Allen', 17 February 1947, and in recognition of the Library's custody of her father's manuscripts during the war.

Existence and Location of Copies

A monochrome facsimile of this manuscript is available as volume 3 in the series Holst, Gustav, 1874-1934. Collected facsimile edition (London: Faber Music, in association with G. & I. Holst Limited, 1979).


  • Gustav Holst, Collected facsimile edition of manuscripts of the published works. Vol. 3: The Planets, opus 32, ed. Imogen Holst and Colin Matthews (London: Faber Music, 1979).
  • Bodleian Library Record, vol. II, p. 197.

Physical Facet

Seven volumes bound in quarter cloth by Winsome Bartlett of Darlington Hall, stored in in a Bodleian-made, cloth-covered box. Vol. 1 has a title page and introduction written in calligraphic black and red ink on parchment.

Gustav Holst: 'The Planets'. Original manuscript full score
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