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Year in Review

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Look to the stars!

2009 just so happened to be the International Year of Astronomy, a year-long celebration that encouraged people to look up to the heavens. This year marked the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations of space with the telescope and the 400th anniversary of the publication of Johannes Kepler’s observations of Mars in Astronomia nova. Fascination with the studying the universe continues to be strong all throughout the world. Such a fascination found it’s way into the music world with Gustav Holst’s suite The Planets. Each of the movements in Holst’s masterwork is a character piece on the Roman gods after whom each of the then-seven planets were named. “Jupiter,” the largest of the planets in our solar system and named after the King of the Gods, is represented appropriately with this joyful, exciting setting.

Music Heard On This Episode

Gustav Holst: The Planets: Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity
The Philharmonia Orchestra; John Eliot Gardiner — Holst: The Planets; Grainger: The Warriors (Deutsche Gramophon, 1995)
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