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Gustav Holst:

The Planets

Astronomy is the science that studies the sun, moon, planets, and other objects in the sky. Astrology is not a science - it tries to show how objects in the sky affect people's lives on earth. Gustav Holst loved astrology, and he composed his Planets to be musical pictures of human nature.

Music heard in this episode:

Holst: The Planets: Mars, The Bringer of War
Holst: The Planets: Venus, The Bringer of Peace
Holst: The Planets: Mercury, The Winged Messenger
Holst: The Planets: Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity
Holst: The Planets: Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age
Holst: The Planets: Uranus, The Magician
Holst: The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic

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This Week's Quiz!

Which planet is closest to the sun and named for the Roman messenger god?

 Neptune

 Uranus

 Mercury

 Saturn

Holst's Jupiter has what characteristic?

 The Bringer Of Peace

 The Mystic

 The Bringer of Jollity

 The Bringer of Old Age

Why is Neptune's ending unusual?

 It ends with a cymbal

 A double choir of women's voices joins the orchestra, singing with no words until the voices just fade away

 It sounds like the orchestra is underwater

 The musicians leave the stage one by one

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

Gustav Holst:

The Planets

Astronomy is the science that studies the sun, moon, planets, and other objects in the sky. Astrology is not a science - it tries to show how objects in the sky affect people's lives on earth. Gustav Holst loved astrology, and he composed his Planets to be musical pictures of human nature.

Music heard in this episode:

Holst: The Planets: Mars, The Bringer of War
Holst: The Planets: Venus, The Bringer of Peace
Holst: The Planets: Mercury, The Winged Messenger
Holst: The Planets: Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity
Holst: The Planets: Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age
Holst: The Planets: Uranus, The Magician
Holst: The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic

More shows about Gustav Holst

About Gustav Holst
Music for Students
English Composers Who Loved Folk Songs

Learn more about Gustav Holst

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz!

Which planet is closest to the sun and named for the Roman messenger god?

 Neptune

 Uranus

 Mercury

 Saturn

Holst's Jupiter has what characteristic?

 The Bringer Of Peace

 The Mystic

 The Bringer of Jollity

 The Bringer of Old Age

Why is Neptune's ending unusual?

 It ends with a cymbal

 A double choir of women's voices joins the orchestra, singing with no words until the voices just fade away

 It sounds like the orchestra is underwater

 The musicians leave the stage one by one

 

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