Holst the Planets: Mars the Bringer of Wars

Saturday, April 21, AD 2012

Something for the weekend.  Mars, the Bringer of War, from Gustav Holst’ s The Planets.  Throughout history Mars has been associated with the god of war, no doubt due to its frequent red coloration when viewed from Earth.   However, I have it on the highest authority that we have nothing to fear from Mars.

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Mercury the Winged Messenger

Saturday, October 22, AD 2011

 

Something for the weekend.  Gustav Holst’s Mercury, the winged messenger, part of The Planets.  Some things become so popular that we tend to take them for granted.  I am afraid that is what has happened to some degree with The Planets.  It is a magnificent piece of music and places Holst in the top ten list of composers of all time in my estimation.

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