Year of arrangement: 2015
Composer: Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
Instrumentation: 1[/pic] 1 1 1 – 2 1 1 0 – 1perc, pno, str (min. 1 1 1 1 1)
Commission: Sheffield International DocFest/Latitude Music Festival
"George Morton’s brilliiant arrangement calls for just 4 woodwind, 4 brass, percussion, piano and 5 strings. Obviously the scale is more intimate, but it’s astonishing how much of the music’s colour, atmosphere and intensity remains."
Stephen Johnson, Writer and Broadcaster
This chamber edition of Holst’s The Planets was commissioned to be performed at Latitude Music Festival 2015 as part of the University of Sheffield’s Sounds of the Cosmos project. Since its publication with Universal Edition in 2016 this arrangement has received numerous performances across the world to great acclaim.
Written for individual woodwinds, a small brass section, one percussionist, pianist and a small string section, this new reduction of Holst's masterpiece enables ensembles to bring the work to concert halls of many sizes.
• Strings: this arrangement can be performed with a quintet up to a full chamber orchestra section.
• Percussion: sd, bd, crotales/bells, tamb, tri, susp cym, cym
• Voices; this arrangement comes with parts for a reduced SSAA chorus (min. 6 voices), but can be performed with Holst's original choral score. An alternate ending without choir is available on request, although this will only be available in certain venue .
John Storgärds/Lapland Chamber Orchestra
Rehearsal, January 2020
Korundi Concert Hall, Rovaniemi
Christopher Warren Green/London Chamber Orchestra
Recording Session, September 2020