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Mercury the Winged Messenger 0.066666666666667 6.7% [ 3 ]
Venus the Bringer of Peace 0.044444444444444 4.4% [ 2 ]
Mars the Bringer of War 0.26666666666667 26.7% [ 12 ]
Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity 0.2 20.0% [ 9 ]
Saturn the Bringer of Old Age 0.17777777777778 17.8% [ 8 ]
Uranus the Magician 0.088888888888889 8.9% [ 4 ]
Neptune the Mystic 0.088888888888889 8.9% [ 4 ]
Pluto the Bringer of Non-Existent (also see: poll whore) 0.066666666666667 6.7% [ 3 ]
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Mars should not be first... its an annoying stand tune that is way overplayed
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Good evening, Classical Music forum, although I knew about Holst's Op. 32, I never really started to be obsessed with the work until this spring. I'm just curious if anyone else shares my passion with Holst's work? As a long time member of school band, now in university band, I've had my fair share of Holst, starting with an excerpt of Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity in grade 6 band, as well as another work entitled "First Suite in Eb" (which was just as fabulous as his Planets work). My favourite piece in the Planets would be Uranus the Mystic, as it has a powerful aroma to it, yet it ingeniously has a calm, pretty march implemented in it. Although I do have a soft spot for Neptune the Mystic for perpetuating a beautiful aquatic scene, as well as the planet Neptune itself being my favourite planet in the solar system.

Only in Uranus do the woodwinds coexist in harmony with the brass!

So anyway, let me ask: what is your favourite work of Gustav Holst? Do you like the Planets?

I love Jupiter.
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This past Fall semester, our concert and symphonic band combined to play Mars. It sounded so beautiful with all of the low brass.
Last Spring we did the same but with Jupiter. I enjoyed Mars much more than Jupiter.
Currently, the community band I play in is playing First Suite in Eb and it is coming along well.
Can never have enough Holst. (;
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Okay, Neptune is definitely my favorite of The Planets, but as a choral/hymn enthusiast, In the Bleak Midwinter neeeeeds to have a mention. That piece is soul-crushing. I can't wait until Christmas season every year so I can break it out. Thinking of working it into a chorale reharmonization at some point in my life, but it's so perfect the way it is that I don't know if I could...

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