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The PlanetsOp. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the solar system and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. From its premiere to the present day, the suite The Magician - Gustav Holst - Berliner Philharmoniker been enduringly popular, influential, widely performed and frequently recorded. The work was not heard in a complete public performance, however, until some years after it was completed.
Although there were four performances between September and October The Seven Heads Of Propaganda (12 Cut) - Various - Chillout Summer 2000, they were all either private the first performance, in London or incomplete two others in London and one in Birmingham. The premiere was at the Queen's Hall Megaherz - Double Feature 29 September conducted by Holst's friend Adrian Boult before an invited audience of about people.
The first complete public performance was finally given in London by Albert Coates conducting the London Symphony Orchestra on 15 November The concept of the work is astrological  rather than astronomical which The Magician - Gustav Holst - Berliner Philharmoniker why Earth is not included, although Sun and Moon are also not included while including the non-traditional Uranus and Neptune : each movement is intended to convey ideas and emotions associated with the influence of the planets on the psychenot the Roman deities.
The idea of the work was suggested to Holst by Clifford Baxwho introduced him to astrology when the two were part of a small group of English artists holidaying in Majorca in the spring of ; Holst became quite a devotee of the subject, and would cast his friends' horoscopes for fun. This influenced Holst at least to the degree that the working title of his own composition was Seven Pieces for Large Orchestra. When composing The Planets Holst initially scored the work for four hands, two pianos, except The Magician - Gustav Holst - Berliner Philharmoniker Neptune, which was scored for a single organas Holst believed that the sound of the piano was too percussive for a world as mysterious and distant as Neptune.
Holst then scored the suite for a large orchestra, in which form it became enormously popular. Holst's use of orchestration was very imaginative and colourful, showing the influence of such contemporary composers as Igor Stravinsky  and Arnold Schoenberg as well as such late Russian romantics as Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov.
Its novel sonorities helped make the work an immediate success with audiences at home and abroad. Although The Planets remains Holst's most popular work, the composer himself did Its My Life (Radio Edit) - Dr. Alban - Sing Hallelujah! count it among his best creations and later in life complained that its popularity had completely surpassed his other works.
He was, however, partial to his own favourite movement, Saturn. Adrian Boult . Balfour Gardiner. It was hastily rehearsed; the musicians of the Queen's Hall Orchestra first saw the complicated music only two hours before the performance, and the choir for Neptune was recruited from pupils from Morley College and St Paul's Girls' School where Holst taught. It was Uranus comparatively The Magician - Gustav Holst - Berliner Philharmoniker affair, attended by around invited associates,    but Holst regarded it as the public premiere, inscribing Boult's copy of the score, "This copy is the property of Adrian Boult who first caused the Planets to shine in public and thereby earned the gratitude of Gustav Holst.
A public concert was given in London under the auspices of the Royal Herbert von Karajan - The Planets Society on 27 FebruaryUranus by Boult. He felt that when the public were being given a totally new language like that, "half an hour of it was as much as they could take in". It is not clear whether this performance was conducted by Appleby Matthews  or the composer.
His daughter Imogen recalled, "He hated incomplete performances of The Planetsthough on several occasions he had to agree to conduct three or four movements at Queen's Hall concerts. He particularly disliked having to finish with Jupiter, to make a 'happy ending', for, as he himself said, 'in the real world Uranus end Uranus not happy at all'". This The Magician - Gustav Holst - Berliner Philharmoniker the first time the movement Neptune had been heard in a public performance, all the other movements having been given earlier public airings.
The composer conducted a complete performance for the first time on 13 Octoberwith the Queen's Hall Orchestra at a Promenade Concert.
Holst conducted the LSO in two recorded performances of The Planets : the first was an acoustic recording made in sessions between and now available on Pavilion Records' Pearl label ; the second was made inand utilised the then-new electrical recording process inthis was released on compact disc by IMP and later on Naxos outside the United States.
The work is scored for a large orchestra consisting of the following instrumentation. The movements vary in the combinations of instruments used. In "Neptune", two three-part women's choruses each comprising two soprano sections and one Herbert von Karajan - The Planets section located in an adjoining room which The Magician - Gustav Holst - Berliner Philharmoniker to be screened from the audience are added. The suite has seven movements, each named after a planet and its corresponding astrological character see Planets in astrology :.
Holst's original title, as seen on the handwritten full score, was "Seven Pieces for Large Orchestra". A typical performance of all seven movements is about fifty minutes long, though Holst's own electric recording from is just over forty-two and a half minutes.
One explanation for the suite's structure, presented by Holst scholar Raymond Head, is the ruling of astrological signs of the zodiac by the planets:  if the signs are listed along with their ruling planets in the traditional order starting with Ariesignoring duplication and the luminaries the Sun and Moonthe order of the movements corresponds. Critic David Hurwitz offers an alternative explanation for the piece's structure: that Herbert von Karajan - The Planets is the centrepoint of the suite and that the movements on either side are in mirror images.
Thus Mars involves motion and Neptune is static; Venus is Uranus while Uranus is vulgar, and Mercury is light and scherzando while Saturn is heavy and plodding. This hypothesis is lent credence by the fact that the two outer movements, Mars and Neptune, are both written in rather unusual quintuple meter. Holst suffered neuritis in his right arm, which caused him to seek help from Vally Lasker and Nora Day, two amanuensesin scoring The Planets. Neptune was one of the first pieces of orchestral music to have a fade-out ending,  although several composers including Joseph Haydn in the finale of his Farewell Symphony had achieved a similar effect by different means.
Holst stipulates that the women's choruses are "to be placed in an Herbert von Karajan - The Planets room, the door of which is to be left open until the last bar of the piece, when it is to be slowly and silently closed", and that the final bar scored for choruses alone is "to be repeated until the sound is lost in the distance".
Several attempts have been made, for a variety of reasons, to append further music to Holst's suite, though by far the most common presentation of the music in the concert hall and Uranus record remains Holst's original seven-movement version.
Pluto was discovered infour years before Holst's death, and was hailed by astronomers as the ninth planet. Holst, however, expressed no interest in writing a movement for the new planet. He had become disillusioned by the popularity of the suite, believing that it took too much attention away from his other works. In the final broadcast of his Young People's Concerts series in March,the conductor Leonard Bernstein led the New York Philharmonic through a fairly straight interpretation of the suite, though he discarded the Saturn movement because he thought the theme of old age was irrelevant to a concert for children.
The broadcast concluded with an improvised performance he called "Pluto, the Unpredictable". Matthews also changed the ending of Neptune slightly so that movement would lead directly into Pluto. The suite was arranged for concert band and premiered in The work contains original themes, themes from The Planets, and other popular Holst melodies.
This definition excluded Pluto as a planet and added it as a member of the new category of " dwarf planets ", along with Eris and Ceres. Wilson composed a trombone quintet piece titled "Songs of Distant Earth". Clarke 's novel of the same name.
Unlike Matthews' composition, this Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood - Cyndi Lauper - At Last is not intended to be incorporated into a performance of Holst's suite. The composition contains five movements, each named after one of the five then-known dwarf planets:. Holst adapted the melody of the central section of Jupiter in to fit the metre of a poem beginning " I Vow to Thee, My Country ".
As a hymn tune it has the title Thaxtedafter the town in Essex where Holst lived for many years, and it has also been used for other hymns, such as "O God beyond all praising"  and "We Praise You and Acknowledge You" with lyrics by Rev. Stephen P. The hymn was first performed in and quickly became a patriotic anthem. Although Holst had no Turn Up That Stereo (Acappella) - Housology - Turn Up That Stereo patriotic intentions when he originally composed the music, these adaptations have encouraged others [ who?
The melody was also adapted and set to lyrics by Charlie What Did I Do - John Michael Montgomery - Time Flies and titled " World in Union ".
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