Gustav Holst’s seven-movement orchestral suite, each movement of which is named after a planet in the solar system, is one of the most famous and familiar works of classical music ever written, particularly the Mars and Jupiter movements. Earth is excluded from the work, the concept of the suite being astrological rather than astronomical.

The composer was still alive when Pluto was named as the ninth planet in 1930, but he opted out of writing an additional movement, believing that The Planets had already cast too significant a shadow over the rest of his work.

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