Gustav Holst (1874-19340) was an English composer who studied at the Royal College of Music in London. He was also fascinated with the solar system. That inspired him to compose a piece called "The Planets" which is a 7 movement suite for a very large symphony orchestra. This has become his most popular work. We have decieded to arrange three of the planets:
- MARS - The Bringer of War
- VENUS - The Bringer of Peace
- JUPITER - The Bringer of Jollity
Now we also think it is very important to commission new music and that it is good for audiences to hear contempoary music and that we should be supporting our living composers. And so we decided to commission a colleague of Joe's at the University of Michigan, Stephen Eddins, to compose "PLUTO" for us. In PLUTO you will hear Joe playing a different set of instruments--hand drums for all around the world. The planet Pluto was discovered several years after Holst wrote his Planets Suite and that is why Holst did not compose PLUTO himself.
Enjoy viewing a small sample of our arrangment of "The Planets".