[DWJ] Fwd: Re: Tune of "Angel of Caprona"

Eleanor Joslin eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk
Thu Jul 13 05:55:37 EDT 2017

Talking of tunes from classical music that really ought to have some 

The slow melody in the middle of "Jupiter" in Holst's Planets Suite 
started out that way.  As far as I know, Holst did not derive it from 
any other source.

Later it did become a song, or several songs, including "I Vow To Thee 
My Country".  And as it goes with hymn tunes, the tune itself has a 
name, independent of any version of the words.

Here's the ObDWJ: the tune is called "Thaxted", after the village where 
Holst and DWJ both lived.

I am very fond of this fact.


On 13/07/17 10:16, Philip Belben wrote:
> As far as I know, DWJ did not have a tune in mind.  The story of a tune
> in search of words came, I think, from her having heard "Vltava" from
> Smetana's "Ma Vlast"; when the big tune came in, she thought "That tune
> really ought to have some words!"  This is commemorated in the book by
> her naming the river at Caprona "Voltava".  However, the Angel words
> don't remotely fit.

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