Venus: The Bringer of Peace


Holst, G


8 min 34 secs


Piccolo. Principal flute, 3 other flutes, 3 oboes (3rd oboe doubled on clarinet 4), Principal clarinet, 3 other clarinets, 3 bassoons, 2 alto saxes, tenor sax, baritone sax, 2 French Horns, Principal trumpet, 3 other trumpets, flugel horn, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium and tuba, triangle, tubular bells, glockenspiel, String bass





Gustav Theodore Holst, 1874 – 1934, is best know for his orchestral work The Planets but he composed a wide range of music in many genres. He made a living from playing the trombone professionally having been prevented from doing so on the piano due to neuritis in his right arm. His early influences were Wagner and Richard Strauss whilst he studied under Charles Stanford. Ralph Vaughan-William rated him as one the best teachers at the Royal College. None of his other works reached the fame of The Planets which is a shame for some of his later works especially, were sumtuous compositions. Just before his death, Pluto was discovered and when asked would he compose a new movement to The Planets, he was quite unequivocal in his negative response commenting that Pluto had no place in the Atrological world. It was Colin Marshall who completed the set in 2000 with his composition. However, Holst has the last laugh as Pluto was downgraded to ‘dwarf planet’ status just 6 years later. This arrangement of Venus reflects the sparceness of the original score with the harp parts being placed on muted brass with the addition of tubular bells and glockenspiel to replace the celeste.

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