by Gustav Holst, arranged by Phyllis Avidan Louke, pub. Falls House Press
mp3 (Mars*) mp3 (Venus** ) mp3 (Mercury**) mp3 ( Jupiter**) mp3 (Saturn*) mp3 (Uranus*) mp3 (Neptune*) (Recordings by *Rose City Flute Choir and **Portland Flute Quartet 10/04)
British composer, Gustav Holst (1874-1934), was well-known for his choral, band and orchestral music, but The Planets, composed between 1914-1916, established his international reputation and remains a standard in the orchestral repertoire to this day. The work is divided into seven movements, each describing the astrological and mystical qualities of a different planet.
This arrangement, containing all of the seven movements, is an abbreviated version of The Planets—the 60 minute length of the original piece has been reduced to approximately 20 minutes. All of the major themes appear in a form designed to be accessible to both small and large flute ensembles of intermediate through advanced level.
Scored for four flutes with optional alto, bass and contrabass flute parts, this arrangement may be performed in its entirety by ensembles as small as four c-flutes, as well as by larger ensembles with access to alto, bass and contrabass flutes.
The Planets is scored for four c-flutes, (opt. alto, bass and contrabass flute)
Level 3 to 3+