Grade 2.5

Duration: 7:03

This show features the music from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst.  We open with "Mars" and it's driving 5/4 rhythms and dissonant melodic line.  There is a contrasting woodwind section before we return to the powerful opening theme.  Next there is an excerpt from "Venus" and some flowing melodic lines.  Then the percussion section is featured on the opening theme from "Jupiter".  This is followed by the dramatic "Hymn" section.  Up-tempo 3/4 on the final segment from "Jupiter" before building to a big finale on a chord progression from Dvorak's "New World Symphony".  "The Planets" is always popular and this show is written to give small school bands an opportunity to perform this great work!