Music on Monday
Autumn 2023 - caring for ourselves
Between 1914 and 1916, English composer Gustav Holst wrote his famous “Planets” suite, each planet taking on a different personality. “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” is the most cheerful movement of the suite. It starts with a majestic entrance, and retains this optimism throughout the piece, as if we were attending a feast of the god of Gods (i.e., Jupiter). In astrology, Jupiter is considered the planet of good fortune, abundance and growth. The waltz-like middle section leading to the beautiful melody of the “I Vow to Thee, My Country” melody invokes images of peace and serenity. This piece is famously played at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms- an occasion full of joy and excitement- celebrating British tradition with patriotic music of the United Kingdom.