Gustav Holst
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1874-09-21
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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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Neptune
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Neptune

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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor), John Alldis Choir
Gustav Holst
The Saviour of the World is Born from Four Old English Carols
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The Saviour of the World is Born from Four Old English Carols The Saviour of the World is Born from Four Old English Carols The Saviour of the World is Born from Four Old English Carols The Saviour of the World is Born from Four Old English Carols
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St Paul's suite (Op.29`2), Finale (The dargason) (Allegro)
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St Paul's suite (Op.29`2), Finale (The dargason) (Allegro) St Paul's suite (Op.29`2), Finale (The dargason) (Allegro) St Paul's suite (Op.29`2), Finale (The dargason) (Allegro) St Paul's suite (Op.29`2), Finale (The dargason) (Allegro)
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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 The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mercury, the winged messenger The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mercury, the winged messenger The Planets - suite (Op.32), Mercury, the winged messenger
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A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt)
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A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt) A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt) A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt) A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt)
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Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
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Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major Wind Quintet (Op.14) in A flat major
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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 The Planets - suite (Op.32); Jupiter, the bringer of jollity The Planets - suite (Op.32); Jupiter, the bringer of jollity The Planets - suite (Op.32); Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Planets
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The Planets The Planets The Planets The Planets
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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 A Fugal Overture, Op.40 No.1 A Fugal Overture, Op.40 No.1
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The Planets - Mars
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The Planets - Mars The Planets - Mars The Planets - Mars The Planets - Mars
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Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails...
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Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails... Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails... Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails... Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails...
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary] Ave Maria [Hail Mary] Ave Maria [Hail Mary] Ave Maria [Hail Mary]
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Walt Whitman - overture (Op.7)
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Walt Whitman - overture (Op.7) Walt Whitman - overture (Op.7) Walt Whitman - overture (Op.7) Walt Whitman - overture (Op.7)
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A Somerset Rhapsody
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A Somerset Rhapsody A Somerset Rhapsody A Somerset Rhapsody A Somerset Rhapsody
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Sing Me the Men Op 43 No 2
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Sing Me the Men Op 43 No 2 Sing Me the Men Op 43 No 2 Sing Me the Men Op 43 No 2 Sing Me the Men Op 43 No 2
Wells Cathedral Choir
Nunc Dimittis: Holst
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Nunc Dimittis: Holst Nunc Dimittis: Holst Nunc Dimittis: Holst Nunc Dimittis: Holst
Harry Traksmann
4 Songs Op.35 for voice and violin
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4 Songs Op.35 for voice and violin 4 Songs Op.35 for voice and violin 4 Songs Op.35 for voice and violin 4 Songs Op.35 for voice and violin
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Wind Quintet in Ab
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Wind Quintet in Ab Wind Quintet in Ab Wind Quintet in Ab Wind Quintet in Ab
Black Dyke Band
The Planets - suite arr. Roberts for brass band, Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Planets - suite arr. Roberts for brass band, Jupiter, the bringer of jollity The Planets - suite arr. Roberts for brass band, Jupiter, the bringer of jollity The Planets - suite arr. Roberts for brass band, Jupiter, the bringer of jollity The Planets - suite arr. Roberts for brass band, Jupiter, the bringer of jollity
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The Thought, Op.45 no.5 from Humbert Wolfe Songs
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The Thought, Op.45 no.5 from Humbert Wolfe Songs The Thought, Op.45 no.5 from Humbert Wolfe Songs The Thought, Op.45 no.5 from Humbert Wolfe Songs The Thought, Op.45 no.5 from Humbert Wolfe Songs
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue (BWV.577) in G major orch. Holst [orig. for organ]
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Fugue (BWV.577) in G major orch. Holst [orig. for organ] Fugue (BWV.577) in G major orch. Holst [orig. for organ] Fugue (BWV.577) in G major orch. Holst [orig. for organ] Fugue (BWV.577) in G major orch. Holst [orig. for organ]
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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.

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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