"Music, being identical with heaven, isn't a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It's a condition of eternity." - Gustav Holst

"Music, being identical with heaven, isn't a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It's a condition of eternity." - Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934) is recognized today as the composer of "The Planets," which remains wildly popular, but for little else except perhaps his "St. Paul Suite." However, Holst was the creator of operas, chamber, vocal, and orchestral music of many different styles, based on subjects as varied as folk songs, Tudor music, Sanskrit literature, astrology, and contemporary poetry.

Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934) is recognized today as the composer of "The Planets," which remains wildly popular, but for little else except perhaps his "St. Paul Suite." However, Holst was the creator of operas, chamber, vocal, and orchestral music of many different styles, based on subjects as varied as folk songs, Tudor music, Sanskrit literature, astrology, and contemporary poetry.

Athens State Orchestra | Gustav Holst. The Planets, Op.32, design by G design studio

Athens State Orchestra | Gustav Holst. The Planets, Op.32, design by G design studio

Les planètes - Gustav Holst de la boutique ClassedeMarieSoleil sur Etsy

Les planètes - Gustav Holst

Les planètes - Gustav Holst de la boutique ClassedeMarieSoleil sur Etsy

Gustavus Theodore von Holst, the love of my classical music life. His suites for military band own me forever.

Gustavus Theodore von Holst, the love of my classical music life. His suites for military band own me forever.

The Waltzing Cat listening lesson

Here's a fun listening lesson idea to celebrate Earth Day! For the listening lesson, you'll need Gustav Holst's The Planets.

Gustav Holst: Wind Quintet in A-flat, Op. 14 - IV. Air and Variations

Gustav Holst: Wind Quintet in A-flat, Op. 14 - IV. Air and Variations

Gustav Holst's The Planets: Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by the composer

Gustav Holst's The Planets: Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by the composer

Holst, "The Planets - Jupiter," the Bringer of Jollity. James Levine conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Holst, "The Planets - Jupiter," the Bringer of Jollity. James Levine conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

"The Planets" Op. 32 by Gustav Holst. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  1. Mars, the Bringer of War;  2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace;  3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger;  4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity;  5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age;  6. Uranus, the Magician;  7. Neptune, the Mystic.

"The Planets" Op. 32 by Gustav Holst. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1. Mars, the Bringer of War; 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace; 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger; 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity; 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age; 6. Uranus, the Magician; 7. Neptune, the Mystic.

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