The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.
From its premiere to the present day, the suite has been enduringly popular, influential, widely performed and frequently recorded. The work was not heard in a complete public performance, however, until some years after it was completed. Although there were four performances between September 1918 and October 1920, they were all either private (the first performance, in London) or incomplete (two others in London and one in Birmingham). The premiere was at the Queen's Hall on 29 September 1918, conducted by Holst's friend Adrian Boult before an invited audience of about 250 people. The first complete public performance was finally given in London by Albert Coates conducting the London Symphony Orchestra on 15 November 1920.
Performances & Interviews
- Holst: The Planetshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01yx1zr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01yx1zr.jpg2014-05-11T08:31:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores Holst's The Planets.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01yx1zw
Holst: The PlanetsStephen Johnson explores Holst's The Planets.
- Holst: The Planetshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p027rvhk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p027rvhk.jpg2014-10-02T11:15:00.000ZDavid Owen Norris surveys recordings of Holst's popular orchestral suite: The Planets.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p027rvhn
Holst: The PlanetsDavid Owen Norris surveys recordings of Holst's popular orchestral suite: The Planets.
- Holst: The Planetshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01t1ydz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01t1ydz.jpg2014-07-09T13:54:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Stephen Johnson talks about The Planets, by Gustav Holst.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022hjtj
Holst: The PlanetsIn this Proms Music Guide, Stephen Johnson talks about The Planets, by Gustav Holst.
- The Planetshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01k0cr8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01k0cr8.jpg2013-08-07T19:57:00.000ZMusic journalist and cultural commentator Paul Morley describes finally seeing the future in Holst's enduringly popular work The Planets.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b00m0d7p
The PlanetsMusic journalist and cultural commentator Paul Morley describes finally seeing the future in Holst's enduringly popular work The Planets.