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An EARWORM Activity: Too Old or Young to Appreciate Classical Music?

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

Too old or young to appreciate classical music? Try using your senses of both sight and sound by listening to a popular classical piece, such as Gustav Holst's Jupiter, in different musical arrangements and movies:

  • Holst: Jupiter from The Planets, arr. for wind quintet,

  • Sleepytime, Season 2, Bluey,

  • Holst: Jupiter from The Planets (Excerpt),

  • Doctor Who Theme - Doctor Who Prom - BBC Proms 2013 - Radio 3,

  • Flash Mob -Gustav Holst - The Planets: Jupiter (Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra),

Share variations of this musical piece with elders and youth as an intergenerational activity:

  • Which version do elders prefer? Why?

  • What version do young children like? Why?

  • What version do older children like? Why?

  • Which version do you prefer? Why?

For further exploration, individuals who are interested in outer space and the solar system might enjoy exploring Holst's "The Planets," which include Jupiter (The Bringer of Jolity), Mars ( The Bringer of War), Venus (The Bringer of Peace), Mercury (The Winged Messenger), Saturn (The Bringer of Old Age), Uranus (The Magician), and Neptune (The Mystic). Following are links to YouTube discussions of "The Planets" musical suite:

  • Gustav Holst - The Planets, Op. 32,

  • John Williams vs Gustav Holst or Star Wars Vs The Planets,

  • Episode 6: The Planets by Gustav Holst,

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