Holst was right

Today I bought a Naxos recording of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

As you are probably aware, the orchestral suite comprises seven movements, each representing a planet in the solar system (other than Earth). However, the Naxos recording includes:

… the new eight movement, Pluto … as an “appendix” to the Suite, the planet Pluto having been discovered only a few years before Holst’s death.

Of course, in 2006 the International Astronomical Union determined a definition of the term planet which excluded Pluto.

So Holst was right after all.

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