Gustav Holst
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1874-09-21
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Gustav Holst

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.

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Gustav Holst Performances & Interviews


Gustav Holst Tracks

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Mercury (The Planets)
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Mercury (The Planets)

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Suite No 2 in F major for military band, Op 28 (March)
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Suite No 2 in F major for military band, Op 28 (March)
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Songs from 'The Princess', H80 (Op.20a) 'O Swallow, Swallow'
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Songs from 'The Princess', H80 (Op.20a) 'O Swallow, Swallow'
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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

Ensemble
Hexagon Ensemble
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St Paul's Suite, Op 29 (Jig)
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St Paul's Suite, Op 29 (Jig)
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Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
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Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
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A Hampshire suite (March)
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A Hampshire suite (March)
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Egdon Heath (excerpt)
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Egdon Heath (excerpt)

Egdon Heath (excerpt)

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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew David (conductor)
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A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt)
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A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt)

A Somerset rhapsody (excerpt)

Performer
London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)
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Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets)
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Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets)
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]
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Ave Maria [Hail Mary]

Ave Maria [Hail Mary]

Choir
Chamber Choir AVE
Conductor
Andraz Hauptman
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Hymn to the Dawn (Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op.26'3)
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Hymn to the Dawn (Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op.26'3)
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Second Dance (Beni Mora)
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Second Dance (Beni Mora)
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The Planets
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The Planets
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The Evening-Watch, Op. 43, No. 1
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The Evening-Watch, Op. 43, No. 1
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The Planets
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The Planets
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Brook Green Suite
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Brook Green Suite
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Dance of Spirits of Fire (The Perfect Fool Op.39)
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Dance of Spirits of Fire (The Perfect Fool Op.39)
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Mercury, the winged messenger (The Planets)
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Mercury, the winged messenger (The Planets)
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Jupiter, From The Planets Opus 32
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Jupiter, From The Planets Opus 32
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Egdon Heath, Op. 47
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Egdon Heath, Op. 47
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Nunc Dimittis
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Nunc Dimittis

Nunc Dimittis

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Sansara
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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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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Saturn, the bringer of old age
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The Planets - suite (Op.32), Saturn, the bringer of old age
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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
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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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The Planets - suite Op.32
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The Planets - suite Op.32
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Terzetto
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Terzetto
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The Perfect Fool Suite
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The Perfect Fool Suite
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The Planets, Op. 32, H. 125: III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
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The Planets, Op. 32, H. 125: III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
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A Moorside Suite (March)
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A Moorside Suite (March)
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Jig (St. Paul's Suite)
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Jig (St. Paul's Suite)
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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets)
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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets)
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First Dance (Beni Mora)
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First Dance (Beni Mora)
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Scherzo
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Scherzo
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Jupiter - The Bringer of Jollity (The Planets)
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Jupiter - The Bringer of Jollity (The Planets)
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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op 32)
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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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Invocation for cello and orchestra, Op 19 No 2
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Invocation for cello and orchestra, Op 19 No 2
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The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music
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The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music
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Jupiter
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Jupiter
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St Paul's Suite, Op 29 No 2
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St Paul's Suite, Op 29 No 2
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A Somerset Rhapsody, Op 21 No 2
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A Somerset Rhapsody, Op 21 No 2
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Mars (The Bringer of War) From The Planets – Suite, op.32
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Mars (The Bringer of War) From The Planets – Suite, op.32
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Japanese Suite, Op 33
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Japanese Suite, Op 33
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St Paul's Suite (arr for guitar quartet)
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St Paul's Suite (arr for guitar quartet)
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Indra
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Indra
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-27T17:02:41
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Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom

Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1932: Prom 15
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Queen's Hall
1932-08-23T17:02:41
23
Aug
1932

Proms 1932: Prom 15

Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 40
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Queen's Hall
1931-09-24T17:02:41
24
Sep
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 40

Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1930-09-18T17:02:41
18
Sep
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 35

Queen's Hall
Proms 1928: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1928-09-20T17:02:41
20
Sep
1928

Proms 1928: Prom 35

Queen's Hall

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