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Piece of the week (February 9th)

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This week’s pick is courtesy of George Bandy, who requested “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from Holst’s The Planets. Written during World War I,  Holst’s colourful and inventive score has remained a firm favourite with concert goers nearly 100 years on. The energetic pentatonic semiquavers that kickstart “Jupiter” are as simple as they are memorable and effective. There is lots in this and indeed the rest of the suite that is crying out to be pinched for influences for AS and A2 composition …

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PS. requests always welcome!

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