Jupiter from Holst’s “The Planets”

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: