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    Holst excerpt

    Gustav Holst: The Planets, Jupiter (excerpt) 2.9 Mb

    This little snippet is the Andante Maestoso from Jupiter done up in GPO. Jupiter is an A-B-A form, with this being the slower, middle section. I call it "Jupiter's Hymn", because it sounds hymn-like to me.

    This melody is interesting, as it is one of the few that I can thnk of that constantly climbs like this, i.e., each iteration raises the pitch level another octave. Try singing along and see what happens!

    If you haven't heard The Planets, you may still find the melody familiar. That's probably because it is often substituted in movie trailers for the soundtrack while post production is still underway. Apparently, at least part of the "Hollywood sound" consists of six horns and the top four string sections all playing the melody in unison as in this example.

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    Re: Holst excerpt

    Hi Darwin, this piece is one that I have always liked, but the last chord did not resolve. I don't remember it ending like that, just a thought... sounds cool though!
    Dan

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    Just a little something I found on the net....

    Diana, Princess of Wales, requested this hymn be sung at her wedding, saying it had “always been a favorite since schooldays.” It was also sung at her funeral in 1997.

    I vow to thee, my country—all earthly things above—
    Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
    The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
    That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
    The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
    The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

    And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago—
    Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
    We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
    Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
    And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
    And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.


    A lovely piece of music....we used to sing it at school assemblies! I thought it was a hymn at that time.

    frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPDAN
    Hi Darwin, this piece is one that I have always liked, but the last chord did not resolve. I don't remember it ending like that, just a thought... sounds cool though!
    Dan
    That's the point in the piece where it goes back to the allegro section, which begins over top of that suspended fourth chord.

    Nice work, Darwin
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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