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Exploring Music: Two Victorian Composers in a Rapidly Changing World

Saturn, which is depicted as "The Bringer of Old Age" in Holst's famous work "The Planets"

Saturn, which is depicted as "The Bringer of Old Age" in Holst's famous work "The Planets"

When they were kids, England’s most popular composer was Arthur Sullivan. Gustav Holst and Frederick Delius were destined to choose different paths from Sullivan’s lighter fare, looking to Germany, to landscapes, to America, to India, or even to the planets for their inspirations. Born in the second half of the 1800s, they witnessed a Europe obsessed with Wagner, the end of tonality, and a world at war. Nevertheless, each man followed his own muse, crafting music grounded in tonality at a time of social, political, and musical upheaval.

Join host Bill McGlaughlin for his series on the lives and music of Frederick Delius and Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, Monday through Friday at 7:00 PM.

Listen to a program excerpt:

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Gustav Holst

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Frederick Delius, 1907

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