Friday, March 03, 2006

Gustav Holst's laPnets:

On my radio show I occasionally program The Planets, by Gustav Holst (written in about 1916). Even if you're not into classical music, chances are you've enjoyed Mars and Jupiter. Many classical radio stations avoid long compositions (the piece is about fifty minutes long); they will play an occasional planet instead. Our station likes to program complete compositions, but about a year ago I got the idea of rearranging the order of the planets. I think Holst's order is best, but many other sequences of planets work very well. I've tried three different orders so far, and - strangely - none of our listeners has complained.

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