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The Planet Suite - Holst

We used Mars from Holst's Planets Suite to discuss how mood can be created in music. We listened to the whole piece and then watched the BBC orchestra playing it via the BBC Ten Pieces website (click here). We were really impressed by the orchestration, especially the brass and percussion sections which sounded incredibly war-like. We heard clashing sounds and a repeating ostinato and then had a short time to work in small groups to create our own.
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