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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (21 September 1874 - 25 May 1934) was a famous English composer. He was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music in London. He also learned to play the trombone. 

Holst’s The Planets is not actually about what the planets look like in the sky, it is actually written about the Roman Gods e,g. Mars – the bringer of war, Venus – the bringer of peace... 

 

 'Jupiter -  the bringer of jollity' is quite joyful at the beginning. It then moves onto a more stately tune that is better known as the hymn ‘I vow to thee my country’. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0b4STz1lo

'Mars - the bringer of War' has a really exciting rhythm to it. It has five beats in a bar which is quite unusual in music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXOanvv4plU 

 

 

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