The Influence of The Planets

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Astrology posits that the positions of the planets influence our personalities and destinies. This so intrigued English composer Gustav Holst that a century ago he wrote a symphonic suite, The Planets, full of dramatic, colorful music with titles like "Mars, the Bringer of War," and "Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity." Whether or not astrology is right about the influence of the planets, there's no question about the influence of The Planets. It has inspired—and been emulated and imitated by—many a film score composer (and even a beer).

David Garland presents highlights from Holst's piece, plus film music by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Bill Conti, and others, that shows its influence.