St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London has a sign that says: “Gustav Holst wrote The Planets and taught here.” Holst composed his St. Paul’s Suite for the student orchestra at St. Paul’s Girls’ School. Many other composers wrote music for students to perform.
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Born into a family of composers, Gustav Holst wanted to follow in their footsteps. His career included playing in orchestras and serving as head of music at St. Paul’s Girls’ School for almost thirty years while also composing.
He liked music by earlier English composers, folk music and poetry, especially poetry from ancient India. The success of The Planets thrust him into the spotlight and enabled him to focus more of his time on what he loved, composing.
A collection of musical firsts, including the first string quartet, the first use of trombones in a symphony, and the first professional musician to make a recording.
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