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.
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