Since Gustav Holst wrote The Planets between 1914 and 1916, we wanted to somehow implement how those in the Victorian era saw and felt of space. When you think of this view, automatically Georges Melies comes to mind. His images of a rocket hitting the moon in the eye are unforgettable, and truly a sort of microcosm of the era. We thought we already knew so much, since Genesis held all of the answers. And then an awakening…thanks to a man named Edwin Hubble. Suddenly space was huge, and we were nothing. This is what we wanted to bring about in this video. Yet it is music that is the key.
Inside each of us is this yearning to know who we are, where we come from, where we are going. We can’t help to turn to the stars to ask those questions. Did Holst also look up at the stars and feel inspired to write his anthem to the planets? When we look at the stars we hear his music coming out of its depths.
This is what we feel as we play that last epic melody. We aren’t on the stage any longer, we’re up in those Hubble-seen stars, traveling through our Universe. Yet the stage and our pianos take us there, our own rocket fueled entity that propels us into transcendence.