Unfortunately, Pluto, doesn’t really “matter” to classical musicians either…
With all the notoriety about Pluto being degraded to a “minor planet” status, musicians everywhere must be thrilled that Gustav Holst‘s famous composition, “The Planets“, is back to it’s complete categorical wholeness. As you may know, Pluto wasn’t even found until 1930 and Holst finished his composition almost a full twenty years prior. Holst was completely in the “dark” about Pluto, much like the “planet” is itself.
Perhaps we will see a revival of the famous piece in symphonies and wind-ensembles everywhere, heralding a new era where “the music of the spheres” is back in harmony with the new found reality. The poor, little, ugly, “dwarfed” cousin has been, literally, left out in the cold. :)
Now, what to do about that overly friendly yellow dog? ;)
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.