Gustav Holtz - The Planets Suite

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As he entered his forties, Gustav Holst became fascinated with spirituality and astrology, It resulted in The Planets, an orchestral suite in seven movements, one of the most famous orchestral pieces in the history of British classical music. Each movement is named after a planet in the solar system, from the vicious ‘Mars, the Bringer of War’, through to the triumphant ‘Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity’. It takes influence from Holst’s life and events of the time – 'Mars' was written shortly after the outbreak of World War I.

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