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“The Planets” ~ A Musical Astrological Guide by Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst was a prolific English composer who is most famous for his fabulous seven movement orchestral suite, The Planets, which he composed between 1914 and 1916.  Holst was a devotee of astrology.  Each movement is named for a planet in the known solar system of his time with the exception of Earth.  Included in the name of the movement is the astrological character of the planet:

  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

Since almost everyone has heard “The Planets,” I’ve also included another album of Holst’s music.




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