Englishman Gustav Holst’s music was influenced by both English folksongs and
Hindu literature and philosophy. It is said that one day he looked up at the
evening sky and began to hear music in his mind. The music he wrote down
became a suite of seven orchestral pieces called The Planets.
We’ve been listening to “Jupiter” which begins with sixteenth notes
in the stringed instruments, followed by the brass family
featuring the French horn. A meter change from two to three ends the
A section which is followed by a hymn-like melody for the B
section. The A section returns in the woodwind family which is
joined by the entire orchestra to complete the piece.