Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Those of you with an interest in music may be interested in this article I found. I'm not musical myself so I don't feel like I can do it justice by trying to explain what it's about, but it does combine music and astrology.

Here is the opening paragraph:


Published: Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 7:26 a.m.

Two powerful musical visions of creation will share the stage for the fifth Masterworks concert of the Sarasota Orchestra season.

“The Four Seasons” and “The Planets” will be presented by the Sarasota Orchestra at 8 p.m. Satruday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets range from $32 to $82. 953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

The program includes Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” rich with images of the seasons of life; and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” a dramatic evocation of our seven sister planets. Holst left out Earth because it is not associated with any sign of the Zodiac. (Pluto was unknown when “The Planets” was composed and is no longer considered a major planet.)

Holst, at the time of composition, had become fascinated with astrology and based the order and the characteristics of each planet on a book by astrologer Alan Leo. In fact, “Neptune, the Mystic,” is given the same title in both the book and the suite.

But the astonishing opening of “The Planets” belongs to “Mars, the Bringer of War.” And from the moment of the first thunder of martial timpani, a big-screen computer-animated odyssey is closely linked to what the audience hears.


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