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Mars is a planet it is named after the Greek god of war

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Critical Analysis - Mars by Gustav Holst Mars is a planet, and is named after the Greek god of war. Gustav Holst, a composer, wrote a piece of music called Mars. His music was influenced by astrology and mythology, and the Greek idea of the "Music of the Spheres". As well as Mars he composed music named after all the planets and their Greek god names that it represented (expect Earth) this was called "The Planets Suite". The low tones and the use of the flat notes used in mars gives us an insight of the merciless horros of war as well as giving a supernatural touch to the music, this aswell as the forceful and powerful aspect to the music, gives us an idea that the music may be about gods at war. ...read more.


The other message in the music is that war is a reality and the full horror of war and it's vast number of consequences is much too severe then to have first imagined. Many are often surprised to learn that Gustav Holst actually finished Mars just before the horrors of World War I. Also that war causes a lot of bloodshed and innocent lives are always taken. The music begins with forceful energetic movement. Percussion and stringed instruments are used in a rhythmic sequence, forming an ostinato that gives the section its pulsing, relentless pace. Mars "The bringer of war" immediately establishes his aggressive character through a low, menacing melody. Unresolved harmonies and unrelated chords are used, creating a clash that rightly represent conflict. ...read more.


The music has many strengths such as the way the music builds up. Also the way that the music makes you reflect on different things like the low notes makes understand that war is unrepentant and causes blood shed. The steady beat represents the persistent march of the soldiers. The use of dynamics adds texture and a sense of power to the music. To find a weakness in a music of such superior quality was quite hard but on listening to the music again I found that the music didn't flow as well as I first thought if I could change something about the music this is what I would change. Mars is a really strong and powerful piece of music an I think it works really well, the fact that it has been used in countless number of cases proves the fact that Mars works really well as a piece of music. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nafisa Patel 9G2 ...read more.

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