Gustav Holst

(1874 - 1934)


Gustav Holst's remarkable, individual use of the orchestra is seen in his large-scale suite The Planets, a work which has deservedly taken its place among the major orchestral masterpieces of the twentieth century. His interest in folk music and in providing music suitable for good amateur orchestras is shown in the St Paul’s Suite and Brook Green Suite. Such completely different and original works as the jazz-influenced Capriccio, and the Double Violin Concerto show varied aspects of the work of this British composer.

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