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Is there perhaps a "symphony bias" at play against Holst
I guess there's a point. Holst completed at least two symphonies, but only the Choral Symphony is a major composition:
1. Symphony in F major "The Cotswolds" (1900)
2. First Choral Symphony (1924)
3. And started a third one in 1933 before his untimely death (not the promised 'Second Choral Symphony' however) from wich we have a promising Scherzo (1934)

And I normaly play the last three movements of The Planets (1916) as if it where a symphony in three movements:
1. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
2. Uranus, the Magician
3. Neptune, the Mystic

The Fourth volume from the Leidse Koorboeken.
Second rerun.
Twice as good!

Lindsey Graham sits on the Armed Services committee.  Knowing this type of thing is sort of part of his job.

Hes not going to lose re-election for not knowing this.

To be fair, hes also not going to lose re-election for brazenly lying about whether he knew it.
Howdy Larkenfield. Greetings from Beethoven and Mozart's Vienna. Welcome to the forum.  8)
Composer Discussion / Re: Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
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Thomson was an underrated conductor. His Walton Symphony 1 is one of the best and I really like his Honegger, Vaughan Williams and Bax cycles.
Composer Discussion / Re: Louis Glass (1864-1936)
« Last post by vandermolen on Today at 11:28:08 PM »
Symphony 5 just arrived and I'm greatly looking forward to hearing it.
As far as the category "one hit wonder" can be applied in classical music, Holst and the Planets certainly are a plausible candidate. The point is not that some insiders know and appreciate other works of the composer but that one piece is extraordinarily famous and nothing else comes close in popularity for a broader audience, even within classical music. I have two Holst discs besides "The Planets" and I am not even sure if I listened to them more than once or twice. And I have a fairly broad and extensive collection of around 5000 CDs.

Similar cases: Orff/Carmina Burana, Pachelbel/Canon, Barber/"Adagio" Of course, all of them have written more and probably more important works (in Holst's case he is at least famous for a really major work, not like Pachelbel...) but they are completely overshadowed by the big hit.
'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' by Dukas comes to mind as well.
Errr, there's also a musical world outside of Germany.  ;D (Though I do appreciate the German musical world highly too!)
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