Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 – 1934)
Gustav Holst was an English composer and music teacher best known for his orchestral suite "The Planets." Born in 1874, Holst studied at the Royal College of Music and later became a music teacher at various schools. In addition to "The Planets," Holst composed many other works including operas, choral music, and chamber music.
Holst was heavily influenced by Eastern and Indian music, incorporating these elements into his compositions. He also had a strong interest in astrology, which is reflected in "The Planets." Each movement of the suite is dedicated to a different planet and is meant to evoke the characteristics and mythology associated with that planet. "The Planets" is perhaps Holst's most well-known work and is still frequently performed today.
Holst died in 1934, but his legacy lives on through his music. He is remembered as an innovative composer who blended different musical styles and influences in his works. His compositions continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.