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Gustav Holst

(born Gustavus Theodore von Holst)
Cheltenham 1874 - 1934
English composer, most famous for his orchestral suite The Planets
(Wikipedia)
Anthony Stones
2008

Cheltenham /  Gustav Holst   Cheltenham /  Gustav Holst

Description

Bronze statue of Holst directing on an octagonal stone pedestal, placed in an octagonal basin. On seven sides of the pedestal are bronze reliefs with personification of the planets (names at the bottom of each relief) - referring to Holst's orchestral suite The Planets. On the eighth side is a plaque and the sculptor's signature.

On the edge of the basin are plaques with the names of the various parts of the monument with their sponsors:

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MERCURY
the winged messenger
sponsored by
wendland rossiter
partnership
VENUS
the bringer of peace
sponsored by
beards
MARS
the bringer of war
sponsored by
pate's grammar school
foundation
NEPTUNE
the mystic
sponsored by
savills
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URANUS
the magician
sponsored by
brian & nina kirk
SATURN
the bringer of old age
sponsored by
spa pr
JUPITER
the bringer of jollity
sponsored by
the queen's hotel
STATUE PLINTH
sponsored by
karen e. ward
FOUNTAIN
RESTORATION
sponsored by
subtone
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Inscription(s)

Circular plaque with text:

elizabeth hammond bequest
gustav
HOLST
composer
1874-1934
given to the people of
cheltenham
2008
cheltenham civic society

Signed: Anthony Stones '07
(on pedestal): anthony / STONES / f.r.b.s. / sculptor

The Planets, Op. 32

A seven-movement orchestral suite written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. With the exception of Earth (the centre of all yet influentially inert astrologically), all the astrological planets known during the work's composition are represented.

The suite has seven movements, each named after a planet and its corresponding astrological character (see Planets in astrology):

  1. Mars, the Bringer of War
  2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
  4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  6. Uranus, the Magician
  7. Neptune, the Mystic
Go to the Wikipedia page for The Planets to listen to the different movements.

Sculptor

Tags

  • Fountain
  • Holst, Gustav
  • Jupiter / Zeus
  • Mars / Ares
  • Mercurius / Hermes
  • Neptune / Poseidon
  • Planets
  • Saturn
  • Statue
  • Stones, Anthony
  • Uranus
  • Venus
  • Locatie (N 51°53'49" - W 2°4'44")

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