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Gustav Holst

Gustavus Theodore von Holst (September 21, 1874 - May 25, 1934), English composer. Born in Cheltenham, he went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London. His best-known work is probably his orchestral suite The Planets, completed in 1916.

Other works

  • The Hymn of Jesus
  • The Perfect Fool, an opera
  • At the Boar's Head
  • A Somerset Rhapsody
  • First Suite for Military Band in Eb
    1. Chaconne
    2. Intermezzo
    3. March
  • Second Suite for Military Band in F (The St. Paul Suite)
    1. March: Morris Dance, Swansea Town, Claudy Banks
    2. Song Without Words "I'll Love my Love"
    3. Song of the Blacksmith
    4. Fantasia on the "Dargason"

Like many composers, Holst also played a musical instrument, in his case the trombone (a choice dictated by a medical condition that robbed him of the manual dexterity required for more obvious instruments such as the piano).

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