Holst

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On This Day
21 September: Gustav Holst Is Born
The English composer Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham on 21 September 1874. His father Adolph von Holst was an excellent pianist and organist, and he was musically active in his local community. He married his piano student Clara Lediard,
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Keeping it Simple: Holst’s St Paul’s Suite
Named not for the cathedral but for the girls’ school in Hammersmith where he was music master for nearly 30 years, the St Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst provided the students with a beautiful piece that was all their own.
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Holst: The Planets
Premiered Today in 1920
The Planets, a set of seven self-contained orchestral “mood pictures” portraying Earth’s neighbors in the solar system, propelled Gustav Holst to international prominence. However, this sudden fame came with a hefty price tag. Holst had always wanted to be just
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WWI Composers: Elgar, Schoenberg and Holst
The First World War was not merely a global military conflict; it also had far reaching implications for civilian life. It called upon women to become a fundamental part of the war effort, carrying out domestic labor, waged industrial labor,
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Minors of the Majors
Gustav Holst: Ave Maria
“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!
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Holst: The Planets
Gustav Holst is best known for a single work: The Planets. A unique symphonic work, it has little precedent in the orchestral literature. It might be compared to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition or even Elgar’s Engima Variations, but both
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Imogen Holst – Choral Works
Imogen Holst: Mass in A Minor: V. Agnus Dei Choir of Clare College, Cambridge The Dmitri Ensemble Graham Ross, dir. From Imogen Holst – Choral Works (2012) Released by Harmonia Mundi Imogen Holst: Mass in A Minor: V. Agnus Dei
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