On this day in 1919 the first public performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets orchestral suite was held in London conducted by Adrian Boult. The seven movements, each named for a planet, were written between 1914 and 1916. Holst, with an interest in astrology at the time, conceived the work as an homage to the planets’ astrological influence on the psyche. Due to the complexity of the suite, Boult only played five of the seven movements at the premiere. "Half an hour of it was as much as they could take in," he said. The first complete performance of the seven movements was on November 15, 1920. To hear the complete Planets suite performed by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras click the Youtube link below.
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