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Gustav Theodore Holst (Composer)

Born: 21st September 1874, Cheltenham, England

Died: 25th May 1934, London, England

Nationality: English

Gustav Theodore Holst 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.

Further Reading: Holst

 Interview, Joseph Fort on Holst's Cloud Messenger

Conductor Joseph Fort talks about his recently-released new recording of Holst's Himalayan-inspired work, in Fort's own arrangement for chamber orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, Holst and Delius on Naxos

JoAnn Falletta conducts the Ulster Orchestra in Holst’s Cotswolds Symphony, and David Hill directs Delius’s Nietzsche-inspired Mass for Life with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

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