Sheet Music: Thaxted

Theme from “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets
Alternate titlesI Vow to Thee, My Country
ComposerGustav Holst (1874–1934)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyE-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time1:00
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2009-08-07
Last updated2009-08-07
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20th century, Hymn tunes, Patriotic


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Friday 7 August 2009

Tune of the Day: I Vow to Thee, My Country

Theme from “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from Holst's “The Planets”

This British patriotic song was created in 1921 when Gustav Holst adapted the stately main theme of “Jupiter” from his orchestral suite The Planets to create a setting for a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice. The music was extended slightly to fit the final two lines of the first verse; the resulting hymn tune is usually referred to as “Thaxted”, named after the village where Holst resided much of his life.

Diana, Princess of Wales, requested that this hymn be sung at her wedding in 1981, saying that it had “always been a favourite since schooldays”. It was also sung at her funeral in 1997 and at her ten-year memorial thanksgiving service in 2007.