Gustav Holst

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Birthday
21, 1874
Birthplace
England
Death Date
May 25, 1934 (59)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
21, 1874
Birthplace
England
Death Date
May 25, 1934 (59)

About

English composer best known for "The Planets," his orchestral suite written between 1914 and 1916. His music fell into obscurity following his death, but was rediscovered in the 1980s.

Before Fame

His father suggested that he learn to play the trombone at age 12 to help with his asthma. He was trained by Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music.

Trivia

He was a lifelong friend of fellow English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Family Life

He was preceded by three generations of musicians in his family. He married his wife Isobel in 1901.

Associated With

He set music to the poetry of Walt Whitman.