Matthew, Mark, Luke And John is a West Country folk song, arranged for SATB chorus by Gustav Holst. It was published as part of a collection of six such arrangements in 1916, forming the composer's opus 36b. The work was dedicated to W. G. Wittaker (1876-1944), a highly respected conductor, pedagogue, and composer.
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was an English composer and teacher. Having studied under Stanford and Parry, he became a close friend of Vaughan Williams – they would often critique each other’s work – and influenced composers such as Tippet and Britten. He is best remembered for his Planets suite.