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Holst, Gustav (opera)

Colin Matthews

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print December 1992 |
Published online January 2002 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Cheltenham, Sept 21, 1874; d London, May 25, 1934). English composer . He was a pupil of Stanford and a friend and colleague of Vaughan Williams. His early career as a trombone player (with the Carl Rosa Opera Company) was superseded by teaching, mainly at St Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith, where he was employed from 1905 until his death. The principal influences on his mature music were the unlikely pairing of Sanskrit literature and English folksong. His most characteristic works are the orchestral The Planets (1914–16) and Egdon Heath (1927), and the choral Hymn of Jesus (1917).

Holst’s nine completed operas span his composing life, although few would regard him primarily as an opera composer. When he began his studies at the RCM, in 1893, he had already composed an operetta, Lansdown Castle, which had been performed in Cheltenham; it was soon followed by another, ...

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Subjects: Opera

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