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The Planets – Mars

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NASA’s Perseverance rover will touch down on Mars February 18 at approximately 12:55 PM, so let’s listen to Mars, the Bringer of War by English composer Gustav Holst. 

Angry and ominous, Holst’s first movement of The Planets represents the Roman god of war, Mars. The craggy rhythms and pulsing drum beats give the music a military feel. Enjoy the wonderful listening guide presented by London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

The Planets – Jupiter

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The Planets is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the solar system and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.

In 2016, a flashmob from the Berklee Contemporary Symphonic Orchestra assembled to perform Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity.