Gustav Holst (nacido Gustavus Theodore von Holst; Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 21 de septiembre de 1874-Londres, 25 de mayo de 1934) [a] fue un compositor, arreglista y profesor británico. Es principalmente conocido por su suite orquestal Los planetas , aunque compuso muchas otras obras en una variedad de géneros, si bien ninguna logró un éxito comparable.
The Planets was composed over nearly three years, between 1914 and 1917. The work had its origins in March and April 1913, when Gustav Holst and his friend and benefactor Balfour Gardiner holidayed in Spain with the composer Arnold Bax and his brother, the author Clifford Bax.
Gustav Theodore Holst (21 septembre 1874 à Cheltenham, Royaume-Uni — 25 mai 1934 à Londres), né Gustavus Theodore von Holst, est un compositeur anglais. Bien que principalement connu pour sa suite orchestrale Les Planètes (1914-1917), il a composé un grand nombre d’œuvres de genres divers, mais aucune n'a eu autant de succès.
Vaughan Williams did not altogether agree with his friend about this; he admitted that some of the music was "trashy" but thought it had been useful to Holst nonetheless: "To start with, the very worst a trombonist has to put up with is as nothing compared to what a church organist has to endure; and secondly, Holst is above all an orchestral composer, and that sure touch which distinguishes ...
The editor of the new (1926) edition of Songs of Praise was Holst's close friend Ralph Vaughan Williams, which may have provided the stimulus for Holst's co-operation in producing the hymn. Holst's daughter Imogen recorded that, at "the time when he was asked to set these words to music, Holst was so over-worked and over-weary that he felt relieved to discover they 'fitted' the tune from ...
Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Sir Philip Hendy: 19540324 [March 24 1954] VWL5230: Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Leslie Woodgate: 19510124: Jan 24 1951: VWL5229: Letter from Gustav Holst to Ralph Vaughan Williams: 19190412: April 12  VWL5228: Letter from Gustav Holst to Ralph Vaughan Williams: 1903----Saturday  VWL5227
The Romantic era of Western Classical music spanned the 19th century to the early 20th century, encompassing a variety of musical styles and techniques. Part of the broader Romanticism movement of Europe, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert are often seen as the dominant transitional figures composers from the preceding Classical era.