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Thaxted (tune)

The Manse in Thaxted, where Gustav Holst lived from 1917 to 1925. Thaxted is a hymn tune by the British composer Gustav Holst, based on the stately theme from the middle section of the Jupiter movement of his orchestral suite The Planets and named after the English village where he resided much of his life. He adapted the theme in 1921 to fit the patriotic poem I Vow to Thee, My Country by Cecil Spring-Rice but that was as a unison song with orchestra.[1] It did not appear as a hymn-tune called Thaxted until his friend Vaughan Williams included it in Songs of Praise in 1926.[2] This setting was sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

Other hymns written to the tune include

Secular songs written to the tune include:

A literary reference appears in "The Adventure of the Lost World",[14] a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by Dominic Green, where the tune is a major plot element, though the story contains a chronological error in that its Autumn 1918 setting would pre-date the publishing of the tune under the name "Thaxted".

Commercial uses

  • Sarah Brightman has recorded a song "Running" in 2007. It was the theme song for the IAAF Championships; she performed it at the opening ceremony in Osaka.
  • Maddy Prior includes the tune in two pieces of her 2003 album Lionhearts.


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