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GUSTAV HOLST

Gustav Holst, of Scandinavian ancestry on his father’s side, was born in the English spa town of Cheltenham in 1874 and studied music at the Royal College in London, using his second study, the trombone, to provide an income. He later became director of music at St Paul’s Girls’ School, retaining this connection until the end of his life. His music had a variable reception in his lifetime, but he exercised a strong influence on later English composers.

Stage Works

Holst wrote a number of works for the theatre, their subjects reflecting his varied interests, from Hindu mythology to Shakespeare and the medieval world of the Wandering Scholar. From his final chamber opera The Perfect Fool, first staged in 1923, with its parodies of Verdi and Wagner, comes a better-known ballet suite. The opera itself is seldom performed.

Vocal and Choral Music

As a choral conductor, Holst wrote a considerable amount of choral music, accompanied and unaccompanied, including arrangements of folk songs and a smaller number of solo songs.

Orchestral Music

By far the best known of all Holst’s compositions is The Planets, a sequence of seven movements reflecting the composer’s interest in astrology and the generally attributed qualities of each planet. ‘Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity’ provided the melody for a popular patriotic hymn, while ‘Mars, The Bringer of War’ suggests the period of the work’s composition: between 1914 and 1916. For string orchestra he wrote the St Paul’s Suite, completed in 1913, and in 1933 the Brook Green Suite. Two suites for military band were written in 1911. His Suite de ballet, Op. 10, was written in 1899 and revised in 1912.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
100 FAMOUS MARCHES Altissimo
75442201072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 7 Naxos
8.551147
Orchestral
20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Orchestral
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 1 Altissimo
75442255342
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AIR COMBAT COMMAND HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Flourishes Altissimo
75442261752
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
BEREDEN VAG - Christmas-songs BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5007
Choral - Sacred
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Orchestral
BEST OF LONDON Naxos
8.572098-99
Orchestral
BETHLEHEM DOWN Naxos
8.557581
Choral - Sacred
Cello Duet Arrangements (A Tale of Two Cellos) (Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Lenehan) Naxos
8.573251
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Blossom Street - MACMILLAN, J. / DUGGAN, J. / GRAINGER, P. / CAMPBELL, H. / TURNBULL, S.M. / BURKE, P. / ANDREW, K. (Down By the Sea) Naxos
8.573069
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Vasari Singers - PARRY, H. / STANFORD, C.V. / STAINER, J. / NAYLOR, E.W. / WALTON, W. / HOLST, G. / FINZI, G. (Great British Anthems) Naxos
8.572504
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / BRUCKNER, A. / FAURE, G. / HOLST, G. / DURUFLE, M. / SCHUBERT, F. / VICTORIA, T. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3138
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music: Exultate Singers - PANUFNIK, R. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / TAVENER, J. / GORECKI, H. / MANTYJARVI, J. / NYSTEDT, K. (All Shall be Well) Naxos
8.572760
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.570344-45
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY (A) - In Terra Pax (Doyle, Williams, City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, Wetton) Naxos
8.572102
Choral - Sacred
Christmas at Trinity Naxos
8.555886
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS BY THE BAY (San Francisco Symphony Chorus, George) Delos
DE3238
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CAROLS Naxos
8.550589
Choral - Secular
CHRISTMAS CHILL - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.578013-14
Choral - Secular
Classical Music From TV Advert Naxos
8.554589
Orchestral
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 2: 1825-1945 Naxos Educational
8.550835
Orchestral
CLASSICS FOR LOVERS Naxos
8.570013-14
Orchestral
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
ELGAR: Serenade for Strings / Elegy / HOLST: St Paul's Suite / HUGHES: Fantasia BIS
BIS-CD-1589
Orchestral
ENGLISH SONG Naxos
8.557559-60
Vocal
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.555069
Orchestral
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.555070
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ENGLISH STRING MINIATURES, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.557753
Orchestral
English String Music Naxos
8.550823
Orchestral
EXTREME CLASSICS Naxos
8.557941-42
Orchestral
Gabriel's Message: One Thousand Years of Carols Naxos
8.554723
Choral - Secular
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 7 (Australia) Naxos
8.570042
Orchestral
GREENSLEEVES - English Pastoral Music Naxos
8.557535
Orchestral
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) (Boston Symphony, Ozawa) Newton Classics
NC8802031
Orchestral
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) (version for 2 pianos) Delos
FA8002
Instrumental
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) / BRITTEN, B.: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rozhdestvensky) ICA Classics
ICAC5053
Orchestral
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) / The Mystic Trumpeter (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, D. Lloyd-Jones) Naxos
8.555776
Vocal, Orchestral
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) / The Mystic Trumpeter (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, D. Lloyd-Jones) Naxos
8.555776SACD
Orchestral, Vocal
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) / The Mystic Trumpeter (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, D. Lloyd-Jones) (DVD Audio) Naxos
5.110004
Vocal, Orchestral
HOLST, G.: Planets (The) / The Mystic Trumpeter (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, D. Lloyd-Jones) (SACD) Naxos
6.110004
Orchestral, Vocal
HOLST, G.: St. Paul's Suite / A Fugal Concerto / BRITTEN, B.: Simple Symphony / WALTON, W.: 2 Pieces for Strings (Botvay) Capriccio
C10584
Orchestral, Concertos
HOLST, G.: Symphony, "The Cotswolds" / Walt Whitman, Overture / Indra / Japanese Suite / A Winter Idyll (Ulster Orchestra, Falletta) Naxos
8.572914
Orchestral
HOLST, G.: The Planets (Atherton) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0916D
Classical Concert
HOLST, G.: Transcriptions and Original Works (United States Air Force, Bland, Graham, Larry Lang, Layendecker, Poffenbarger, Pouliot) Altissimo
75442259822
Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Choral - Sacred, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
HOLST: Beni Mora / Somerset Rhapsody / Hammersmith Naxos
8.553696
Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
HOLST: Double Concerto / St Paul's Suite / Brook Green Suite Naxos
8.570339
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
HOLST: Music for Two Pianos Naxos
8.554369
Instrumental, Orchestral
HOLST: Planets (The) (Holst) / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 (Vaughan Williams) (1926, 1937) Naxos Historical
8.111048
Orchestral
HOLST: Planets (The) / DEBUSSY: La mer (Ormandy) (NTSC) EuroArts
2072268
Classical Concert
HOLST: Planets (The) / DELIUS: Over the Hills and Far Away Naxos
8.571036
Orchestral
HOLST: Planets (The) / Suite de Ballet, Op. 10 Naxos
8.550193
Orchestral
HOLST: Vedic Hymns / Four Songs, Op. 35 / Humbert Wolfe Settings (English Song, Vol. 6) Naxos
8.557117
Vocal
JOY TO THE WORLD Naxos
8.554905DX
Choral - Secular
KLASSISKA FAVORITER, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550554
Orchestral
LULLABIES AND CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS (Whicher, Loman) Naxos
8.572510
Vocal
MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE (A) Altissimo
75442255312
Choral - Secular
Music and Video Club Vol. 2 (UK Only) Naxos
8.555082
Orchestral
MYSTIC CLASSICS - Visionary Choral and Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos
8.570225-26
Orchestral
ORIGINAL WORKS FOR CONCERT BAND, Vol. 1 Altissimo
75442259862
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Piano Duo Recital: ZOFO Duet - SISASK, U. / HOLST, G. / LANG, D. / CRUMB, G. (Zoforbit: A Space Odyssey) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92178
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 10 (Guest Conductors) Altissimo
75442262032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442255882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Live in Concert Altissimo
75442270512
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Music from the Land of Hope and Glory Altissimo
75442262952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PUTS, K. Millennium Canons / NEWMAN, J.: My Hands Are a City / HOLST, G.: Hammersmith (University of Georgia Wind Ensemble) Naxos
8.572231
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV / HOLST / BOURGEOUS: Trombone Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-848
Concertos
SEASON'S GREETING Naxos
8.550588DX
Choral - Secular
SERENE JOURNEYS THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC Delos
DE1608
Choral - Sacred
SINGING APES (THE) and Other Songs of Love and War BIS
BIS-CD-733
Choral - Secular
SOLID BRASS: Christmas with Solid Brass Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90114
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Orchestral
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / HOLST, G.: The Planets (Litton) Delos
DE3225
Orchestral
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSONS - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos
8.503135
Orchestral
SYMPHONIC BRASS Naxos
8.570726
Orchestral
THANKSGIVING - A Classic Thanksgiving: Songs of Praise Naxos
8.555294
Orchestral
TROMBONE (THE ART OF THE) Naxos
8.553716
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY BAND: Fireworks For Brass and Organ Altissimo
75442271082
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Celebration Altissimo
75442260952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Evolution Altissimo
75442260122
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Imagine the Possibilities Altissimo
75442270422
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Season of Hope, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442271262
Choral - Sacred
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CEREMONIAL BRASS: Tower Music Altissimo
75442261882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Frontiers Altissimo
75442261722
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE STRING ORCHESTRA: Collage Altissimo
75442270962
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: Standard Bearers of Excellence II Altissimo
75442270472
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY CHORUS: A Cappella and Otherwise Altissimo
75442270252
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Seawolf Altissimo
75442270202
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Music - HOLST, G. / BEACH, A. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix (Hymn to the Dawn) (Etherea Vocal Ensemble) Delos
DE3431
Vocal Ensemble
W.H.Smiths Vol. 2 (Children's Classics 2) Naxos
8.554572
Orchestral
Wind Band Music - SMITH, C.T. / REED, A. / HOLST, G. / SPARKE, P. / BROUGHTON, B. (In the World of Spirits) (Emory Symphonic Winds, S.A. Stewart) Naxos
8.573002
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Wind Band Music - HINDEMITH, P. / HOLST, G. / GRAINGER, P. / SCHWANTNER, J. (Trendsetters) (Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, H.D. Parker) Naxos
8.572242
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Wind Band Music - HOLST, G. / GILBERTSON, M. / TICHELI, F. / MACKEY, J. (Rest) (Ohio State University Wind Symphony, Mikkelson) Naxos
8.572980
Wind Ensemble/Band Music

Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Christmas by the Fireside Naxos
8.551036-37
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CAROLS Naxos
8.550589
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC (Boston Trinity Church Choir, Jones) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93240
Choral - Sacred
JOULURAUHA - Christmas at Turku Cathedral Ondine
ODE904-2
Choral - Sacred

Role: Conductor 
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