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Holst, Gustav Theodor von

Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1934 AD, at 59 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers


1874 - Born on September 21st in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. British composer, known for his compositions based on Hindu literature and English folk song.

         - Gustav Holst is recognized today as the composer of "The Planets", which remains wildly popular, but for little else except perhaps his "St. Paul Suite".

1895 - Holst met Ralph Vaughan Williams while they were students at the Royal College of Music, and the two remained lifelong friends, depending on one another for support and assistance although there is little similarity in their music.

1904 - He was appointed Musical Director at St. Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith, his biggest teaching post and one which he kept until his death.

1919 - He taught at the Royal College of Music in London.

1934 - Four months short of his sixtieth birthday, after a lifetime of poor health excacerbated by a concussion suffered in a backward fall from the conductor's podium, from which he never fully recovered.

         - Died on May 25th.


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