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In early 1914, Holst heard a performance of Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra. This seminal experience along with a suggestion from a friend led Holst to begin composing his famous suite for large orchestra, The Planets. However, many don't know that he first composed the work for 2 pianos, 4 hands, but likely with the ambition of scoring the work later for orchestra. The 2 piano version did not surface publicly until 1949 and is still protected by copyright. I have always loved the piece – especially the more atmospheric movements (Venus, Saturn, & Neptune). Perhaps it’s heresy to say so, but I don’t think Holst was a particularly creative orchestrator. His orchestration is solid and f

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