A composer in training
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Holst: 15 facts about the great composer
4. A composer in training
Holst studied composition at the Royal College of Music under Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, pictured. He wrote piano and organ pieces, songs and a symphony. His main influences were Mendelssohn, Chopin, Grieg and above all, Sir Arthur Sullivan. Later, like many musicians of his generation, Holst became an ardent Wagnerite.