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 many 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 Tracks

Gustav Holst
Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op 26 No 3
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Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op 26 No 3

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The Planets
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The Planets
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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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Second Suite for Military Band, Op. 28/2
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Second Suite for Military Band, Op. 28/2
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Japanese Suite, Op. 33, H 126
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Japanese Suite, Op. 33, H 126
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Country Song [2 Songs without Words, Op.22 No.1]
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Country Song [2 Songs without Words, Op.22 No.1]
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The Perfect Fool, Op 39, ballet music
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The Perfect Fool, Op 39, ballet music
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Egdon Heath
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Egdon Heath
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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
Gustav Holst
A Moorside Suite for brass band
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A Moorside Suite for brass band
Gustav Holst
Mercury (The Planets)
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Mercury (The Planets)
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St Paul's Suite in C, op. 29/2
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St Paul's Suite in C, op. 29/2

St Paul's Suite in C, op. 29/2

Ensemble
Romanian Royal Camerata
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In the bleak midwinter
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In the bleak midwinter
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Venus (The Planets, Op.32)
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Venus (The Planets, Op.32)
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Lord, who hast made us for Thine own
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Lord, who hast made us for Thine own
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‘The Planets’ – Neptune, The Mystic (excerpt)
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‘The Planets’ – Neptune, The Mystic (excerpt)

‘The Planets’ – Neptune, The Mystic (excerpt)

Performer
New Philharmonia Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)
Gustav Holst
Venus, the Bringer of Peace (The Planets, Op 32)
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Venus, the Bringer of Peace (The Planets, Op 32)
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A Winter Idyll
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A Winter Idyll
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Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
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Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
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The Mystic Trumpeter
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The Mystic Trumpeter
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In the Bleak Midwinter
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In the Bleak Midwinter
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Bleak Midwinter
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Bleak Midwinter
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In the bleak midwinter
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In the bleak midwinter
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Christmas Day
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Christmas Day
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Mars, The Bringer of War From The Planets
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Mars, The Bringer of War From The Planets
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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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Uranus, the Magician (The Planets, Op 32)
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Uranus, the Magician (The Planets, Op 32)
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Cotswold Symphony (3rd mvt)
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Cotswold Symphony (3rd mvt)
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Ave Maria
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Ave Maria

Ave Maria

Choir
Chamber Choir AVE
Conductor
Andraz Hauptman
Gustav Holst
The Planets: Mars, Bringer of War
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The Planets: Mars, Bringer of War

The Planets: Mars, Bringer of War

Performer
Lorin Maazel, L’Orchestre National de France
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
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A Moorside Suite (March)
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A Moorside Suite (March)
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The Planets - Neptune
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The Planets - Neptune
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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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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
Brook Green suite H.190 for string orchestra
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Brook Green suite H.190 for string orchestra
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Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op 32)
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Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op 32)
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Venus, the bringer of peace (The Planets, Op.32)
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Venus, the bringer of peace (The Planets, Op.32)
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Beni Mora Op.29`1 (In the street of the Ouled Nails)
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Beni Mora Op.29`1 (In the street of the Ouled Nails)
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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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Darest Thou Now, O Soul, H. 72
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Darest Thou Now, O Soul, H. 72
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A Fugal Concerto, Op.40 no.2
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A Fugal Concerto, Op.40 no.2
Gustav Holst
Nunc Dimittis
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Nunc Dimittis
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The Planets - suite Op 32
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The Planets - suite Op 32

The Planets - suite Op 32

Choir
NFM Chorus
Orchestra
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice
Gustav Holst
Venus, the Bringer of Peace (The Planets)
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Venus, the Bringer of Peace (The Planets)
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Nunc dimittis, H127
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Nunc dimittis, H127
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Invocation
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Invocation
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2018: Prom 59: Relaxed Prom
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-27T17:29:02
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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
1932-08-23T17:29:02
23
Aug
1932

Proms 1932: Prom 15

Queen's Hall
Proms 1931: Prom 40
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Queen's Hall
1931-09-24T17:29:02
24
Sep
1931

Proms 1931: Prom 40

Queen's Hall
Proms 1930: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1930-09-18T17:29:02
18
Sep
1930

Proms 1930: Prom 35

Queen's Hall
Proms 1928: Prom 35
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Queen's Hall
1928-09-20T17:29:02
20
Sep
1928

Proms 1928: Prom 35

Queen's Hall

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