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Life Before the War, Life Before the Planets

Donald Macleod explores Gustav Holst's childhood in Cheltenham, studies in London and his eventual break into teaching, aided by his friend Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Donald Macleod explores the life and career of the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1912). Remembered by many as the man who wrote The Planets suite, Holst was much more than that. He was an intriguing character and the composer of a number of individual, compelling works. In Monday's episode, Donald focuses on Holst's childhood in Cheltenham, his studies in London and the friendships he made there. This was followed by his break into teaching, and an enforced trip away which led to a rather controversial composition.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 23 Mar 2015 18:00

Music Played

  • Gustav Holst

    Suite no. 1 in E flat major Op.28`1 - March

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • LYRITA: SRCD246.
    • LYRITA.
    • 15.
  • Gustav Holst

    Cotswold symphony H.47 - 2nd movement; Elegy in memoriam William Morris

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • NAXOS: 8572914.
    • NAXOS.
    • 3.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Somerset rhapsody Op.21`2

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN9420.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 2.
  • Gustav Holst

    St Paul's suite Op.29`2

    Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • DECCA:4802323.
    • DECCA.
    • 13.
  • Gustav Holst

    Beni Mora - oriental suite Op.29`1

    Conductor: Malcolm Sargent. Orchestra: BBC S O..
    • EMI: CDC7497842.
    • EMI.
    • 6.

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