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Jupiter Theme (The Planets)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (11/23/15)
Composer: Holst, Gustav
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Romantic
Everyone knows the great "Jupiter Theme", taken from Gustav Holst's suite, "The Planets". These immortal works by Holst (1874-1934) were first performed in1918. There is no "Pluto", as the planet had not been "discovered" yet... ;-)

This incomparable melody was made into the hymn-tune "Thaxted", and is sung to the words of "I vow to thee my country", often sung at British state occasions.

The "complete" title of this movement is "Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity", but since this is only the theme, the listener will need to supply their own "jollity" as desired!

The transcription was done by Eric H. Thiman (1900-1975), and was published by J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd. in 1962. It is really a fine "working out" for the organ, and really sings.

Eric Harding Thiman, the organist and composer, died in London on February 13 1975; he was 74. His musical training was with private teachers; he gained his FRCO in 1921 and became MusD (London) in 1927. From 1930 he was professor of harmony at the RAM, and from 1956 to 1962 was dean of the faculty of music at London University. He was conductor of the Elysian Concert Society and Purley Choral Society, and had been organist and choirmaster at the City Temple since 1957. A keen advocate of congregational singing, he contributed an article on his methods to W. T. Whiteley’s Congregational Hymn-singing in England, and was chairman of the music committee of Congregational Praise. His compositions include cantatas, anthems and services.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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