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Jupiter from “The Planets”

Composer: Gustav Holst (1874–1934) 
Arranger: Mort Shafer (1931-2009) 
Instrumentation: French Horn Sextet (includes Treble Clef and Bass Clef parts for Horn 6) 
Performance Time: 3:30
Price: $14.00

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The Planets became Holst’s best known work. It was meant to be a series of ‘mood pictures’ rather than anything concretely connected with astrology or astronomy, though Holst was known to have been using the book “What Is A Horoscope” by Alan Leo as a guide. 

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity is probably the most popular movement with the majestic hymn-like melody in the middle. Jupiter symbolizes hedonism, generosity and good-nature. This piece represents Jupiter, the ruler of the gods, both in his regal and jovial aspects. A wild dance in 3/4 time is the height of the joviality while the more solemn character is depicted by a regal, hymn-like tune, which in fact was subsequently used as the melody for a hymn, 'I Vow to Thee My Country'.