about account add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up back-arrow book-mobile book categories chat-bubble-mobile chat-bubble close college contact-us credit-card drag email-square facebook-mobile facebook-square facebook faq film history home load modal-error person pinterest-square play-mobile play queue remove resume search share show star tag tick trailer trash twitter-mobile twitter-square twitter university warning warning youtube-square

Holst—The Planets

Lecture no. 28 from the course: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

Holst—The Planets

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 49 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

Holst’s popular symphonic suite enchants through its exquisite orchestration, sheer tonal beauty, and expressive directness. Your investigation assesses the character of Holst the man, his music, and the astrological basis of this work’s conception. In the suite’s seven “mood pictures,” identify each movement’s core thematic material and the way each depicts the zodiacal character of the individual planets, from the warlike fury of ”Mars” to the ineffable mysticism of ”Neptune.”


October 8, 2016