(Sept 4, 2019)
Famous for 103 years…
I linked to another “planet” by Holst sometime in the last 12 months, but there are 8 planets in his suite. This also continues into Neptune, the last “planet”.
How strange that Pluto, which was not included at the time because it had not yet been discovered, is not longer considered a planet now. It got demoted to a planetoid, a word so new that my spell-checker does not recognize “planetoid” as a word. I chose this video because you get to see the players, and that is always interesting.
Here is the important thing for students learning about chords. Front and center is the augmented chord, the first chord you hear. No one used this chord more effectively than Holst.
Here is the complete suite, all movements, and again I chose something for everyone to see.
This music, to my ears remains so fresh and altogether amazing that I’d wager no one hearing it for the first time would not know that it was not something composed by John Williams for Star Wars. Holst was one of the miracle orchestrators who inspired every top of film composer of the 20th and 21st centuries. Holst and Strauss are two composers who wrote film music, before there were even films.