Gustav Holst

Biography

Born: 1874   Died: 1934   Country: England   Period: 20th Century
Known primarily for his popular orchestral composition, The Planets, Gustav Holst embraced a wide variety of musical models, from Arthur Sullivan, Edvard Grieg, and Wagner to the melodic simplicity of English folk music. In his maturity, he managed to merge these various influences into a rather sparse personal style that became increasingly transparent in his later years. Perhaps his greatest talent lay in the realm of choral music; his Hymn of Read more Jesus stands as one of the finest works in the genre from the early twentieth century.

Holst's first instruction came from his father, Adolph, a piano teacher, who also made him take lessons on the violin and trombone; the father believed that these studies might alleviate the youth's asthma.

By age 12, the young Holst was composing, even dabbling in orchestration; in 1888, he won a prize in an amateur competition for his vocal work, A Christmas Carol. Thereafter he sang in the All Saints' Church choir and played violin and trombone in its orchestra. In 1892, he traveled to London and heard a Covent Garden performance of Götterdämmerung, led by Mahler. The experience opened up new compositional vistas for the young composer.

Holst entered the Royal College of Music the following year where he met fellow student Ralph Vaughan Williams, who would remain a close lifelong friend. Shortly after his arrival in London, Holst found that the neuritis in his right arm, which had afflicted him in his early youth, had worsened and now caused him to abandon ideas of a career as a concert pianist. In 1898, Holst left the RCM to take a position in the Carl Rosa Opera Company as rehearsal pianist and coach. He completed his Cotswold Symphony in 1900, and its premiere in April 1902 was a success. On June 22, 1901, Holst married Emily Isobel Harrison, whom he had met in a choir he had directed a few years before.

In late 1903, Holst took on a teaching position at James Allen's Girls' School, in South London. The following year he acquired a second post, the directorship of music at St. Paul's Girls' School, which he would retain until his death. He added another teaching post at Morley College in 1907, bogging him down and leaving little time for composition. Still, the St. Paul's Suite, written during this period (1912-1913), is among his most often-performed works.

In 1914, Holst began work on what would become his most popular composition, The Planets. The war years were extremely productive, as the composer not only completed The Planets, but also wrote Hymn of Jesus. In spring 1918, Holst began educational work for the YMCA at its various facilities on European battlefields.

He returned to London at the end of June 1919 and took a prestigious post teaching theory and composition at the RCM in 1920. The composer's fame was not only growing domestically in the early 1920s but internationally as well, as works like the Hymn of Jesus were receiving regular and acclaimed performances. By 1924, Holst's health was clearly declining, and he thus lessened his workload.

Beginning in late December 1928, Holst made a series of trips abroad that included visits to France, Italy, Sicily, and the U.S. In Boston, a duodenal ulcer was diagnosed in 1932. On May 23, 1934, he underwent surgery for the ulcer, but died two days later. Read less
Holst: The Planets; Britten: Variations & Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5053   Number of Discs: 1
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    Zoforbit - A Space Odyssey / Zofo Duet  [2 Cds & 1 Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92178 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Urmas Sisask,  George Crumb,  David Lang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
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    The Great Recordings / Malcolm Sargent [18-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634121 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Lewis,  John [baritone (50s)] Cameron,  James Milligan,  Duncan Robertson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Sir Adrian Boult - The Complete Conductor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1927023 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gustav Holst,  Robert Simpson,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Westminster Legacy
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999302 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Lucretia West,  Hans Loeffler,  Frederick Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Pierre Monteux,  René Leibowitz,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Colin Davis: The Philips Years [15-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001850302 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Claudio Arrau,  Jessye Norman,  Jon Vickers  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Universe Of Sound - Holst: The Planets / Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Universe Of Sound - Holst: The Planets / Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    The Art Of Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 1037609 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály,  Leó Weiner,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandru Agache,  Tamás Daróczy,  Julia Varády,  Iris Vermillion  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Hungarian Radio/TV Chorus,  Budapest Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Holst: The Planets, A Moorside Suite / Hickox, Stobart
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1200 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  James Stobart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Collegiate Brass
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    Holst: The Planets / Previn, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Hiq Records   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 01/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Eugene Ormandy Conducts 20th Century Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5417202 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Van Cliburn,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Mendelssohn Club Chorus Philadelphia,  Rutgers University Chorus
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    Elgar: 'enigma' Variations; Holst: The Planets
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 23077 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
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    Holst: The Planets; The Perfect Fool (Ballet Music)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7076 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Holst: The Planets; Williams: Star Wars Suite / Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706802 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  John T. Williams
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Holst: The Planets, Op 32 / Previn, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Lim   Catalog: 58 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus
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    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Arnold Bax
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
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    British Music For Piano Duo / Goldstone, Clemmow
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24154 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Anthony Goldstone,  Caroline Clemmow
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    Holst: The Collector's Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40471 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Jonathan Snowden,  David Theodore,  Ralph Downes,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Previn,  Norman Del Mar,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 20.
    Holst: The Planets / Melanie Barney, Buzz Brass [vinyl]
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 028 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Mélanie Barney
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buzz Brass
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  • 21.
    Classical Clubhouse: Big Space Adventure!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55478 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Colin Matthews,  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
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    Holst: The Planets; Britten: Variations & Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5053 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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  • 23.
    Holst: The Planets (Organ Transcriptions By Peter Sykes)
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 683 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Hansjörg Albrecht
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Holst: The Planets /   Nettle & Markham
    Label: Netmark   Catalog: 700 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Richard Markham,  David Nettle
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