We began tonight’s show with something by request, Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Written between 1914 and 1917, it was the work of a man who for the most part divided his time between teaching and working as an orchestral trombonist. Its premiere in 1918, a private performance, was a gift to Holst by his friend Adrian Boult. Holst wrote the piece as a means of depicting each of the then-known planets astrological backgrounds, and had originally scored the piece for 4 hand piano, excepting the last movement, Neptune, which he considered to be “mysterious and distant” for such a percussive instrument such as the piano (this movement he scored for pipe organ). When he orchestrated it, Arnold Schoenberg was a major influence.
It has been a while since we’ve heard some Patsy Cline. It can be hard to choose between Patsy Cline songs, given the number of absolute classics that she recorded. Of course, it is hard to do a Patsy Cline set without Sweet Dreams, but there are some other lovely songs that can be touched on too, including So Wrong and She’s Got You.