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The Planets by Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite is a very cinematic-sounding piece, with each movement very different from the last, and it has inspired many film scores, particularly those about space movies.

1. Mars, the Bringer of War - if this sounds familiar, it’s because John Williams borrowed some of this for Star Wars. The skeletal sounding effect in the opening is col legno, a technique where the stick of the bow of a stringed instrument is bounced along the string. This movement has the feel of an army steadily approaching, or like a great warship moving through space. Clashes between different groups of instruments represent battles between opposing forces.

2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace - this movement is tranquil, lyrical, longing, and romantic. This is the sunlight that comes through the clouds after a battle in the rain, this is the sense of calm that envelops you after taking a deep breath. 

3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - the bubbling notes seem to take flight, just like Mercury does with aid of his winged sandals. This is light and quick, and the melody jumps from instrument to instrument as fast as Mercury can flit from place to place. 

4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - this movement opens bright, vivacious, active, and very triumphant, like a proclamation of victory. The effervescent section transitions into a sweeping melody at 2:50, which you will probably recognize, as it has been adapted for various hymns and is the melody for “I Vow to Thee, My Country.”

5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - the steady chords most prominently starting around 4:25 are like the hands of an enormous clock, and the later dissonant faster chords are like alarms - this movement represents the inevitable power of Father Time. 

6. Uranus, the Magician - this is the realm of the trickster, the cunning, the powerful yet unknown. A certain magical - yet not necessarily entirely benevolent - quality pervades the movement. This character has influenced the portrayal of magic in film scores such as Harry Potter.

7. Neptune, the Mystic - this movement has an otherworldly quality to it – one which has informed how the mysteries of space are represented in film scores today. Is this happy? Is this sad? It’s hard to pinpoint the exact emotion, and that is what makes Neptune so distinct. Additionally, this is one of the first pieces to have a fade out ending, with the sound of the women’s chorus gradually diminishing into silence.

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Favourite Programs of 2016-2017; Ladies & Men Singles.

  1. SP Anna POGORILAYA →「 Por Una Cabeza - Smoku Remix
  2. SP Javier FERNANDEZ →「 Malagueña - by Paco De Lucía & Plácido Domingo
  3. LP Satoko MIYAHARA →「 Music from The Planets & Princess Leia’s Theme - by Gustav Holst & John Williams
  4. LP Shoma UNO →「 Buenos Aires Hora Cero & Balada Para Un Loco - by Astor Piazzolla & Milva
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‘Kongen av Bastøy’ (King of Devil’s Island), Marius Holst (2010)

I once saw a whale swim with three harpoons in it. It took the entire day to die. He was weak due to the harpoon I shot him with. And covered with scars from all the battles he had fought. I have become acquainted with one boy whom is soon to sign off. For the six years he has been on this ship, he has done everything right. And now, he is going home.

trying to guess old band songs
  • First Suite Chaconne: uhhhhhhhh OH OH OH WE PLAYED THIS TODAY
  • Gallant Seventh: LALALALALA OKAY WHICH SOUSA MARCH IS THIS??
  • Fanfare and Flourishes: okay trumpets, trumpets, OH NOW I KNOW IT
  • English Dances Mvt 4: I FUCKED UP SO BAD ON THISSSSSSSSSSS
  • Song and Dance: I don't know, I don't care..oh wow is Saucedo that explains so much
  • Children's March: I know this, but I don't this, but I love it, it's soooo fun!!
  • Gavorka Fanfare: GIVE US THIS DAY MVT 2!! *checks* FUCKKKKKK
  • Rock Point Holiday: *first note* YOU FUCKING KNOW I KNOW WHO YOU ARE YOU PIECE OF HELLISH SHIT but I love you BUT AGH
  • Manhattan Beach: THIS IS A SOUSA MARCH BUT IDEK WHICH IS WHICH ANYMORE!!!!!!
  • O Magnum Mysterium: slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
  • Second Suite Fantasia on The Dargason: fourth movement of Second Suite but idk what the actual name it
  • The Beau Ideal: I think I played piccolo on this.....noooo I didn't
  • Lincolnshire Lord Melbourne: I AM A LOUD AND VERY DRUNKEN MAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN