Gustav Holst
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1874-09-21
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Gustav Holst

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Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range ...

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Biography

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite 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.

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A Fugal overture (Op.40`1)
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A Fugal overture (Op.40`1)
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A Winter Idyll
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A Winter Idyll
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Moorside Suite
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Moorside Suite
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A Moorside suite for brass band, March (Allegro)
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A Moorside suite for brass band, March (Allegro)
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A Hampshire suite in F major, orch. G Jacob (from Suite no.2 for military band)
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A Hampshire suite in F major, orch. G Jacob (from Suite no.2 for military band)
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The Planets - suite (Op.32); Mercury, The Winged Messenger
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The Planets - suite (Op.32); Mercury, The Winged Messenger
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At the Boar's Head, Op. 42
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At the Boar's Head, Op. 42
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]
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Suite no. 1 in E flat major Op.28`1 for military band: March
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Suite no. 1 in E flat major Op.28`1 for military band: March
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A Somerset Rhapsody
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A Somerset Rhapsody
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I Vow to Thee My Country
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I Vow to Thee My Country
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Walt Whitman - overture (Op.7)
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Walt Whitman - overture (Op.7)
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Venus, The Bringer of Peace [The Planets]
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Venus, The Bringer of Peace [The Planets]
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In the Bleak Midwinter
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In the Bleak Midwinter
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Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
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Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
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Four Old English Carols, The Saviour of the World is Born
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Four Old English Carols, The Saviour of the World is Born
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In The Bleak Midwinter (feat. Choirs of The Christmas Big Sing & The Big Sing Orchestra)
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In The Bleak Midwinter (feat. Choirs of The Christmas Big Sing & The Big Sing Orchestra)
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The Planets Suite - No.1: Mars
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The Planets Suite - No.1: Mars
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Phantasy on British Folksongs, Op.36
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Phantasy on British Folksongs, Op.36
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Jupiter (The Planets)
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Jupiter (The Planets)
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis & Gustav Holst
Jupiter from The Planets
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Jupiter from The Planets
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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Songs from the Princess)
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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Songs from the Princess)
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mercury, the winged messenger
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mercury, the winged messenger
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2 Psalms for chorus, string orchestra and organ [complete]
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2 Psalms for chorus, string orchestra and organ [complete]
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Hymn to the Dawn
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Hymn to the Dawn
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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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
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Cotswold symphony (H.47), 4th movement; Finale
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Cotswold symphony (H.47), 4th movement; Finale
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Suite no. 2 in F major Op.28`2 for military band
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Suite no. 2 in F major Op.28`2 for military band
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Gustav Holst Biography

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite 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, raising standards and so laying the foundation for several professional musicians. He was the founder of a series of Whitsun music festivals, which ran from 1916 for the remainder of his life. Holst's works were played frequently in the early years of the 20th century, but it was not until the international success of The Planets in the years immediately after the First World War that he became a well-known figure. A shy man, he did not welcome this fame, and preferred to be left in peace to compose...

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