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 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. 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 and teach.

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The Planets: Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Planets: Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Planets
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The Planets
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Egdon Heath
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Egdon Heath
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The Planets
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The Planets

The Planets

Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus (women's voices)
Gustav Holst
Suite for Military Band, Op.28 No.1
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Suite for Military Band, Op.28 No.1
Gustav Holst
The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War
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The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War
Gustav Holst
St Paul's Suite
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St Paul's Suite
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Suite for military band no. 2 (Op.28`2) in F maj, no.4; Fantasia on the Dargason
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Suite for military band no. 2 (Op.28`2) in F maj, no.4; Fantasia on the Dargason
Gustav Holst
The Planets
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The Planets

The Planets

Choir
CBSO Youth Chorus (women's voices)
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Holst
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Holst
Gustav Holst
The Hymn of Jesus
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The Hymn of Jesus

The Hymn of Jesus

Performer
BBC Chorus & Symphony Orchestra
Gustav Holst
Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age
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Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue a la Gigue, BWV577
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Fugue a la Gigue, BWV577
Gustav Holst
I sowed the seeds of love
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I sowed the seeds of love
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The Planets - suite (Op.32); Mars, The Bringer Of War
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The Planets - suite (Op.32); Mars, The Bringer Of War
Gustav Holst
The Evening-watch Op.43`1 (BBC Singers at JAM on the Marsh Festival)
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The Evening-watch Op.43`1 (BBC Singers at JAM on the Marsh Festival)
Gustav Holst
Ave Maria [Hail Mary]
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]

Ave Maria [Hail Mary]

Choir
Chamber Choir AVE
Conductor
Andraz Hauptman
Gustav Holst
Evening Watch
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Evening Watch

Evening Watch

Choir
Choir of Jesus College
Cambridge
Conductor
Gustav Holst
St Paul's Suite (Op.29 No.2)
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St Paul's Suite (Op.29 No.2)

St Paul's Suite (Op.29 No.2)

Orchestra
Seoul Chamber Orchestra
Conductor
Yong-Yun Kim
Gustav Holst
Nunc Dimitis (Be in the Audience)
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Nunc Dimitis (Be in the Audience)
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First Dance (Beni Mora: Oriental Suite)
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First Dance (Beni Mora: Oriental Suite)
Gustav Holst
The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music
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The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music
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I Vow To Thee, My Country (Jupiter)
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I Vow To Thee, My Country (Jupiter)
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A Fugal Overture
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A Fugal Overture
Gustav Holst
Quintet in A flat major Op.14 for wind (H.67)
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Quintet in A flat major Op.14 for wind (H.67)
Gustav Holst
The Planets, Op. 32 - i. Mars, the Bringer of War
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The Planets, Op. 32 - i. Mars, the Bringer of War
Gustav Holst
Beni Mora
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Beni Mora
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
The Planets, Op 32 (Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity)
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The Planets, Op 32 (Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity)
Gustav Holst
Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
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Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
Gustav Holst
I love my love
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I love my love
The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent & Gustav Holst
The Planets Op. 32 IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
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The Planets Op. 32 IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

The Planets Op. 32 IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

Performer
The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Gustav Holst
St Paul's Suite
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St Paul's Suite
Gustav Holst
Hymn to Vena (No 3 of Choral hymns from the Rig Veda - group 3)
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Hymn to Vena (No 3 of Choral hymns from the Rig Veda - group 3)
Congregation and Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, David Lawrence, Gustav Holst & Percy Dearmer
God Is Love (feat. Richard Lea, Gareth Small, Michael Woodhead, Andrew Littlemore, Philip Goodwin, Brian Kingsley & Mark Concar)
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God Is Love (feat. Richard Lea, Gareth Small, Michael Woodhead, Andrew Littlemore, Philip Goodwin, Brian Kingsley & Mark Concar)

God Is Love (feat. Richard Lea, Gareth Small, Michael Woodhead, Andrew Littlemore, Philip Goodwin, Brian Kingsley & Mark Concar)

Choir
Congregation and Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Conductor
David Lawrence
Featured Artist
Richard Lea
Gareth Small
Michael Woodhead
Andrew Littlemore
Philip Goodwin
Brian Kingsley
Mark Concar
Music Arranger
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
The Hymn of Jesus
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The Hymn of Jesus
Gustav Holst
St Paul's Suite [arr. for guitar quartet]
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St Paul's Suite [arr. for guitar quartet]
Gustav Holst
A Moorside suite for brass band, March (Allegro)
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A Moorside suite for brass band, March (Allegro)
Gustav Holst
Venus, the Bringer of Peace, from The Planets
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Venus, the Bringer of Peace, from The Planets
Gustav Holst
Invocation
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Invocation
Gustav Holst
A Fugal Overture, Op.40 No.1
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A Fugal Overture, Op.40 No.1
Gustav Holst
At the Boar's Head, Op. 42
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At the Boar's Head, Op. 42
Gustav Holst
The Hymn of Jesus Op.37
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The Hymn of Jesus Op.37
Gustav Holst
Suite for military band no. 2 in F major; Mvt 4 Fantasia on the Dargason
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Suite for military band no. 2 in F major; Mvt 4 Fantasia on the Dargason
Gustav Holst
Hymn to the Dawn
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Hymn to the Dawn

Hymn to the Dawn

Music Arranger
Lloyd Webber, Julian
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A Fugal overture (Op.40 No.1)
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A Fugal overture (Op.40 No.1)

A Fugal overture (Op.40 No.1)

Performer
London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox
Gustav Holst
A Fugal Concerto Op.40 No.2
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A Fugal Concerto Op.40 No.2

A Fugal Concerto Op.40 No.2

Performer
Julia Bogorad
Kathryn Greenbank
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Past BBC Events

Prom 15 Proms 1932
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Queen's Hall
1932-08-23T15:30:00
23
Aug
1932

Prom 15 Proms 1932

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 40 Proms 1931
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Queen's Hall
1931-09-24T15:30:00
24
Sep
1931

Prom 40 Proms 1931

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 35 Proms 1930
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Queen's Hall
1930-09-18T15:30:00
18
Sep
1930

Prom 35 Proms 1930

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 35 Proms 1928
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Queen's Hall
1928-09-20T15:30:00
20
Sep
1928

Prom 35 Proms 1928

20:00
Queen's Hall
Prom 53 Proms 1923
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Queen's Hall
1923-10-11T15:30:00
11
Oct
1923

Prom 53 Proms 1923

20:00
Queen's Hall

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