Gustav Holst
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1874-09-21
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Gustav Holst Biography (Wikipedia)

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development. The subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, and the example of such rising modern composers as Maurice Ravel, led Holst to develop and refine an individual style.

There were professional musicians in the previous three generations of Holst's family and it was clear from his early years that he would follow the same calling. He hoped to become a pianist, but was prevented by neuritis in his right arm. Despite his father's reservations, he pursued a career as a composer, studying at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford. Unable to support himself by his compositions, he played the trombone professionally and later became a teacher—a great one, according to his colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams. Among other teaching activities he built up a strong tradition of performance at Morley College, where he served as musical director from 1907 until 1924, and pioneered music education for women at St Paul's Girls' School, where he taught from 1905 until his death in 1934. He was the founder of a series of Whitsun music festivals, which ran from 1916 for the remainder of his life.

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Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)
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Mercury, the Winged Messenger (The Planets, Op 32)
Gustav Holst
The Planets, Mercury
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The Planets, Mercury
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue in G major, BWV 577 orch Holst
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Fugue in G major, BWV 577 orch Holst
Gustav Holst
Hymn to the Dawn
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Hymn to the Dawn
Gustav Holst
St Paul's Suite (Op.29 No.2)
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St Paul's Suite (Op.29 No.2)
Gustav Holst
Capriccio
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Capriccio
Trad., Gustav Holst, The Cambridge Singers & John Rutter
12 Welsh Folk Songs: My Sweetheart's like Venus
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12 Welsh Folk Songs: My Sweetheart's like Venus
Gustav Holst
Walt Whitman Overture, Op 7
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Walt Whitman Overture, Op 7
Melisma, Tanya Houghton & Gustav Holst
In the bleak midwinter
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In the bleak midwinter
Gustav Holst
Elegy (In Memoriam William Morris) - second movement of Cotswolds Symphony
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Elegy (In Memoriam William Morris) - second movement of Cotswolds Symphony
Gustav Holst
In the bleak midwinter
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In the bleak midwinter
Gustav Holst
Cotswold symphony (H.47), 3rd movement; Scherzo
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Cotswold symphony (H.47), 3rd movement; Scherzo
Gustav Holst
Invocation Op.19`2 for cello and orchestra
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Invocation Op.19`2 for cello and orchestra
Gustav Holst
The Planets - suite (Op.32), Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
Gustav Holst
Jupiter - the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets)
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Jupiter - the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets)
Gustav Holst
The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mercury, the winged messenger
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mercury, the winged messenger
Gustav Holst
Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
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Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
Gustav Holst
Hymn to the Dawn (feat. The Purcell Singers & Osian Ellis)
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Hymn to the Dawn (feat. The Purcell Singers & Osian Ellis)
Gustav Holst
Ave Maria
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Ave Maria
Gustav Holst
Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
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Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
Gustav Holst
I Vow To Thee, My County
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I Vow To Thee, My County

I Vow To Thee, My County

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The choirs and congregation of The Royal Garrison Church of All Saints, Aldershot
Paul Leddington Wright
Band of the Royal Corps of Signals
Daniel Moult
Robert Ramskill
Cecil Spring-Rice
Gustav Holst
Phantasy Quartet on British Folksongs
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Phantasy Quartet on British Folksongs
Gustav Holst
The Planets - suite (Op.32), Neptune, the mystic [with female chorus]
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Neptune, the mystic [with female chorus]
Gustav Holst
Brook Green suite for string orch H.190
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Brook Green suite for string orch H.190
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1932: Prom 15
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Queen's Hall
1932-08-23T13:33:06
23
Aug
1932

Proms 1932: Prom 15

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Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 40
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Queen's Hall
1931-09-24T13:33:06
24
Sep
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 40

20:00
Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1930-09-18T13:33:06
18
Sep
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 35

20:00
Queen's Hall
Proms 1928: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1928-09-20T13:33:06
20
Sep
1928

Proms 1928: Prom 35

20:00
Queen's Hall
Proms 1923: Prom 53
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Queen's Hall
1923-10-11T13:33:06
11
Oct
1923

Proms 1923: Prom 53

20:00
Queen's Hall

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