Appendix 9: Music for the Planets
Other planetary music:
- Haydn: Symphony No. 43 in E flat major ("Mercury"), H. 1/43
- Haydn wrote over 100 symphonies most of which, like this one, are not very memorable. Available only in box sets with other obscure works.
Symphony No. 41 In C Major K. 551 ("Jupiter")
- By far the best piece of music on this list. This is one of Mozart's best. And that's saying a lot!
Triumph of Neptune
- Lully: Le Grand Divertissement Royal de Versailles, devertissement / comedie, LWV 38 Les suivants de Neptune
- I know nothing about these three.
- One song in this opera is about the Moon.
Pluto: The Renewer
- Holst completed "The Planets" in 1917, before the discovery of Pluto.
Though he lived until 1934, a few years after Pluto's discovery, he never added a
final movement. Colin Mathews rectified that omission with this new piece which
I have used on the Pluto page. It is
along with another recording of The Planets by The Hallé Orchestra
conducted by Mark Elder.
Bill Arnett; last updated:
2004 May 28