Posted by: tammyspianostudio | April 25, 2011

Listening 30

“The Planets” by Gustav Holst sounds more science fiction and Steven Spielberg than it almost does classical music.

In place of an activity sheet, do some research on your own this week about Gustav Holst.  Answer some of these questions:

  1. What kind of family did he come from?  Was everyone in his family musical?
  2. What was his childhood like?
  3. What similarities or differences do you see between your family and Gustav’s?
  4. Where did Gustav go to “college”?  He made a very good friend there who was also a great composer ~ what was that person’s name?
  5. Tell me how someone in your life supports your piano studies.  What do they say and do that makes you feel good about wanting to practice more, perform, and continue to get better and better?
  6. Listen to at least one of Gustav Holst’s pieces from “The Planets”.  Tell me which one you like the best and why.
  7. If you would like to play “The Planets: Mars ~ Bringer of War”, download the piano music for free here: The Planets – Mars by Gustav Holst.

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