|Gustav Theodor Holst (September 21, 1874 – May 25, 1934) was an English composer. He is most famous for his orchestral suite The Planets. His music was influenced by Indian spiritualism and English folk tunes, and is well known for unconventional use of meter and haunting melodies. He was the father of the composer and conductor Imogen Holst.
Between the years 1920 – 1923, Holst's popularity grew through the success of The Planets and The Hymn of Jesus (based on the Apocryphal gospels, written in 1917), and the publication of a new opera, The Perfect Fool (a satire of a work by Wagner). Holst became something of 'an anomaly, a famous English composer’, and was busy with conducting, lecturing, and teaching obligations. He hated publicity – he often refused to answer questions posed by the press, and when asked for his autograph, handed out prepared cards that read, “I do not hand out my autograph”. Though he may not have liked the attention, he appreciated having enough money to live for the first time in his life.