The hauntingly beautiful theme from Jupiter, from The Planets Suite has a rare quality expressing both optimism and dignity which makes it a popular choice for many formal public events such as opening and award ceremonies.
The tune is originally found in the Jupiter movement from the large-scale work for orchestra called ‘The Planets Suite’. Written by the English composer Gustav Holt The Planets Suite is thought to be his finest work.
The theme has a steady 3/4 rhythm which provides a contrast in terms of tempo and meter to the rest of the movement, and has been made popular as a patriotic song called ‘I vow to Thee My Country’.
This arrangement makes use of a gradual increase in dynamics, beginning p and ending ff. With this gradual increase in dynamics is a gradual increase in the scoring starting off with only the lower instruments playing p and ending up with everyone playing ff.
The percussion part is very minimal in this arrangement (only 2 notes for the suspended cymbal) and is an optional part.
Just before the final chord there is a cut off marked in the parts. This may be a new concept for some inexperienced players so it should be fully explained by the conductor.
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The Flexi-Collection – Popular Classics Series, encapsulates all that is great about the wonderful range of musical styles produced by Holst, Elgar, Handel, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Bizet and Parry.
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