"Music, being identical with heaven, isn't a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It's a condition of eternity." - Gustav Holst

"Music, being identical with heaven, isn't a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It's a condition of eternity." - Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934) is recognized today as the composer of "The Planets," which remains wildly popular, but for little else except perhaps his "St. Paul Suite." However, Holst was the creator of operas, chamber, vocal, and orchestral music of many different styles, based on subjects as varied as folk songs, Tudor music, Sanskrit literature, astrology, and contemporary poetry.

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934) is recognized today as the composer of "The Planets," which remains wildly popular, but for little else except perhaps his "St. Paul Suite." However, Holst was the creator of operas, chamber, vocal, and orchestral music of many different styles, based on subjects as varied as folk songs, Tudor music, Sanskrit literature, astrology, and contemporary poetry.

Gustav Holst: The Planets [CD]

Gustav Holst: The Planets [CD]

Gustav Holst: The Planets; The Perfect Fool [CD], 10919279

Gustav Holst: The Planets; The Perfect Fool [CD], 10919279

Imogen Holst conducts Gustav Holst [CD], 12049998

Imogen Holst conducts Gustav Holst [CD], 12049998

The opening, and probably most famous, piece from Holst's Planet Suite. Played here by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. Follow the orchestra on Twitter: @LiverpoolPhil

The opening, and probably most famous, piece from Holst's Planet Suite. Played here by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. Follow the orchestra on Twitter: @LiverpoolPhil

Athens State Orchestra | Gustav Holst. The Planets, Op.32, design by G design studio

Athens State Orchestra | Gustav Holst. The Planets, Op.32, design by G design studio

Gustav Holst: The Evening Watch and other choral music [CD]

Gustav Holst: The Evening Watch and other choral music [CD]

Gustav Holst's The Planets: Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by the composer

Gustav Holst's The Planets: Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by the composer

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