Was Holst a one-hit wonder?

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.

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