I Vow to Thee, My Country (Gustav Holst/Geoff Knorr arr. Phillip Littlemore)


Holst’s stirring Planetary evocation within Jupiter, later turned into the hymn tune Thaxted was also used by American composer Geoff Knorr for the music contained within the best selling video game Civilisation V. Phillip Littlemore takes his arrangement cue from that to produce a wonderful piece that retains the pathos and sentiment of the original.

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Gustav Holst wrote his suite The Planets during the early years of the First World War. The expansive movement, Jupiter, contained a tune that Holst later used to set the poem by Cecil Spring-Rice, I Vow To Thee, My Country. Originally set for unison voices with orchestra, Holst adapted it as a hymn tune and called it Thaxted, named after the village where he lived for many years. The American composer, Geoff Knorr, incorporated Holst’s music into his score for the strategy-based video game Civilisation V, where it was used to depict the England of Elizabeth I. It is from this music that this transcription is made.

Duration: 5’40”

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