Holst: The Planets

Books | Piano

Publisher: Chester Music
Composer: Gustav Holst
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
This is the first time that a version of Gustav Holst's The Planets for solo Piano has been published. In this glorious publication, the emotional rollercoaster that is this seven-movement orchestral suite can be played on a single Piano, with those crashing chords and textural melodies sounding just fantastic on the solo keys.

Originally scored for two pianos and four hands, this epic orchestral work continues to astound and astonish audiences around the world, even a century after Holst begun work on the first movement, Mars, the Bringer of War. This volume allows the solo pianist to emulate those glorious melodies, wonderful harmonies and dynamic rhythms, bringing the wonder of The Planets to the keys.

This unique arrangement of The Planets reduces the entire orchestra to just a solo Piano, with some fingering hints throughout. The lovely engraving is an absolute pleasure to read from, and the sound of those thunderous rhythms and sweet melodies sounds absolutely brilliant coming from the purity and clarity of a solo Piano. With all seven movements included in this The Planets sheet music, you'll be able to learn Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, in the entire work that's sometimes thunderous, occasionally calm, often bombastic but always beautiful.

With the full-colour astrophotography of the cover, the detailed, accurate and clear engraving and the inherent uniqueness of such an arrangement befits the timeless and enduring achievement of a work like this. The compositional history and musical qualities of The Planets are fascinating, and the lengthy introduction details the rhythms, the harmonies and the personality that Holst injected into his work, so you can learn about this glorious work before delving into the stunning arrangement of each of the seven movements.

For the first time, the epic and vast work of art that is Gustav Holst's The Planets has been arranged for solo Piano, so you can play the entirety of these seven movements as a single pianist, incorporating all of the atmospheric dynamics and universal themes into the keys.
ISBN: 9781783058792
Published on: 01 April 2015
No of pages: 80
Language: English
Catalogue No: CH83259

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        Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
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        Glasgow GB
        These are great arrangements for intermediate level players.
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        Confirmed purchase: 26 June 2017
        Published on: 10 July 2017
        6 out of 10


        Doncaster GB Music teacher and performer.
        A rare find to have the whole of the Planets suite for piano in one book. Piano transcription very true to the orchestral sound.
        Not for the faint hearted. Very advanced. I am an advanced player but will take some time to learn this. Loads of stretchy octaves and really difficult keys. Good fun to dip in and out of though.
        Confirmed purchase: 27 March 2017
        Published on: 10 April 2017
        8 out of 10


        Saltburn by the Sea GB No
        To me they are all good points.
        There are no bad points with music of this quality.
        Confirmed purchase: 30 April 2015
        Published on: 14 May 2015

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