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Symphony Series: The Planets - A Cosmic Chorus

Symphony Series: The Planets - A Cosmic Chorus

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7pm
Cordiner Hall

Free "Inside the Music" Pre-Concert Talk, 6pm, Cordiner Lobby

Debussy - Nocturnes
Holst - The Planets, Op. 32


  • Gustav Holst originally wanted to be a pianist but was prevented by neuritis (nerve inflammation). He said his affected arm was “like jelly overcharged with electricity.”
  • The Planets is based more on Holst’s interest in astrology than on the solar system itself. This is why Earth was omitted from the composition, since it is the reference point in astrology.
  • A “nocturne” is typically a piece inspired by night; however, Debussy’s Nocturnes are studies in light and shade that offer an impression of landscapes and objects.
Earlier Event: April 10
Symphony Series: Spanning the Centuries