The Princesses' Round Dance Igor Stravinsky
On the 80th anniversary of the death of Holst, composer of The Planets, Catherine Bott asks 'Was he a one-hit wonder?'
The great British composer Gustav Holst died 80 years ago today.
He is still best known and loved for The Planets – but is that all there is to Holst? He also had a long career as a composer, teacher – and trombonist.
Catherine Bott plays some of the finest moments from The Planets of course, but also introduces some works that have not become as well-known or well-loved, including an elegy he wrote for the great socialist designer and polemicist William Morris, a Walt Whitman Overture and other smaller orchestral gems.