This suite movement is one of my favorite orchestral pieces. It is both out of this world sounding (hence the name “Jupiter”), but also takes on a wild-west mood that sounds almost like the soundtrack to a covered wagon excursion in the 1800’s (to my ears and imagination!). It has such familiar themes and includes the most beautiful main theme (Tune: THAXTED), that has actually been adapted as hymns.
Listen below to this beautiful work performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
You can also check out the entire Holst Planets Suite below: