Fetch some of that jollity over here

Gustav Holst’s The Planets consists of seven movements; there’s nothing for Earth because Earth has enough stuff already, and Pluto hadn’t even been discovered, let alone demoted. Jupiter, right in the middle, is responsible, says Holst and his copy of The Zodiac for Contemporary Composers, for jollity, although fitted with words — say, the words of Sir Cecil Spring Rice — it’s decorous enough for Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Well, maybe not when it’s scored for five pianos:

And at the outro, you’ll be reminded of a planet with which Holst was utterly unfamiliar.

(Via American Digest.)

3 comments »

  1. Roger Green »

    27 February 2019 · 9:50 am

    I LOVE that hymn; different words, though.

  2. The Other McCain »

    28 February 2019 · 12:15 am

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  3. Matthew H Iskra »

    28 February 2019 · 1:03 pm

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Holst ever since I played “Song of the Blacksmith”, which is in 5/4 time. I wish more composers were adept at using odd rhythms, but pop music is 4/4.

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