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Eminent English conductor
Boult was a giant of English musical life and an advocate of English music at home and abroad. As early as 1919, at the request of Gustav Holst himself, he conducted the first performance of part of the suite The Planets. Ralph Vaughan Williams' Job, a masque of dancing, Herbert Howells' Concert for strings and Malcolm Williamson's Concert for organ and orchestra were all dedicated to him. He conducted the first performances of Music for strings (1935) and Concert for piano and orchestra (1939) by Arthur Bliss, A Pastoral Symphony (1922) and Symphonies No. 4 and 6 (1935 and 1948) by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Trauermusik (1936) by Paul Hindemith.Over his long career he conducted the City of Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra (1924-1930), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1930-1950) and the London Philharmonic Orcestra from 1950 to 1957.
This is a fine signature and date (Bristol, 1941) in dark blue fountain pen ink on a slip of paper (6.75" x 3") that has been laid down and trimmed to size. Light wrinkling of the paper, especially towards the right edge but otherwise in good condition.