Artist: Gustav Holst & Various
In 1918, Gustav Holst released what was to become his greatest and most-loved orchestral work, The Planets.At the time, Pluto had not been discovered, so it was made up of only seven movements, totaling about an hour in length.Over the years, other composers have written additional works to honor the heavenly bodies, including Pluto (which has only just recently been demoted from planetary status) and four named asteroids that are important in many ways to the exploration of the Solar system.This particular album was conducted by Maestro Simon Rattle and performed by the Berlin philharmonic.
From the onset, it’s obvious that this work would compliment any possible situation in D&D from the background.Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity is deep, utilizing a great deal of brass, and seems like the perfect music to play as an intrepid group of adventurers arrives in a new city.Uranus, the Magician begins powerfully and then fades into a light-hearted track that would work well during the illustration of large numbers of enemies.Mars, the Bringer of War is nothing short of the quintessential sound of evil being introduced and screams for nothing less than to be used when the big bad evil villain finally makes his appearance.
Most modern composers show a great deal of Gustav Holst in their work, and it’s easy to see why.The Planets might very well be the best piece of composed music I’ve ever heard, and I can’t imagine it not being welcomed with open arms by lovers of D&D.
1: Mars, the Bringer of War
1: Asteroid 4179: Toutatis