Gustav Holst

About Gustav Holst

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.

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Music In This Episode

Village Rondo


Duo Concertante for Trombone and Organ

Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda: Hymn to the Waters

A Dirge for Two Veterans

In The Bleak Midwinter

Band Suite #2: March

St. Paul's Suite: Greensleeves

String Quntet: Scherzo

Cotswolds Symphony

Beni Mora: Dance #2

The Planets: Mars