Holst Planets: Venus

Featuring: David Das and Reuven Herman

We continuing our study of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” with the second movement: “Venus, the Bringer of Peace.” Written in 1914-16, this orchestral masterpiece is essential for every composer and orchestrator to have in their toolbox. We dive into useful orchestration techniques and discuss the influence this piece has had on film music.

Venus offers a contrasting mood, with warm, delicate colors and poignant motifs. We delve into the rhythmic and motivic patterns that give this movement its emotional impact. This study is hosted by ASA President David Das and Vice-President Reuven Herman.


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