Gustav Holst was born on September 21, 1874 in Pittville, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England as Gustavus Theodore von Holst. His works include the opera Sita, composed during 1899–1906; The Hymn of Jesus, for chorus and orchestra (1917); Ode to Death, for chorus and orchestra (1919); The Perfect Fool, an opera (1923); Choral Symphony (1923–24); the opera At the Boar’s Head (1925); Double Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra (1929); and Hammersmith, for orchestra (1930). [1] The influence of Stravinsky was picked up by a critic who called it ‘the English Le Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring)’. In 1927, he was commissioned by the New York Symphony Orchestra to write a symphony. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London. Gustav Holst Biography by Robert Cummings + Follow Artist. During that festival, Noel, a staunch supporter of Russia’s October Revolution, demanded in a Saturday message during the service that there should be a greater political commitment from those who participated in the church activities; his claim that several of Holst’s pupils (implicitly those from St Paul’s Girls’ School) was merely “camp followers” caused offense. Like many composers of the early twentieth century, Holst held to the late-Romantic idea that extra-musical sources, such as mysticism, religious faith, mythology, nature and Oriental philosophy were valid ideas on which to base musical expression. Gustav Holst, original name Gustavus Theodore Von Holst, also called Gustav Theodore Holst, was born on September 21, 1874, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in England as the first of two children to Adolph and Clara Von Holst. Gustav Holst was born on September 21, 1874 in Pittville, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England as Gustavus Theodore von Holst. 1", September 21, 1874, , Cheltenham, United Kingdom. Gustav Holst – English composer, arranger, and teacher. He was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Holst was accepted as a non-scholarship student, and Adolph borrowed £100 to cover the first year’s expenses. In 1908, Holst traveled to Algeria on doctor’s orders for treatment for asthma and also due to a depression which crippled him after he failed to win the Ricordi Prize, a popular honor for composition. From the years 1899 to 1906, he worked on an opera ‘Sita’, which was based on the epic Ramayana. Holst is most famous for his orchestral suite The Planets. Soon, the family migrated to England. The strain caused by these demands on him was too great; on doctor’s orders he canceled all professional engagements during 1924 and retreated to Thaxted. He is buried in Chichester Catherderal, West Sussex.

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