This is the most well-known and tuneful movement with influences of folk songs throughout the themes. This is another important feature of Holst's style. There are 4 main themes:

Theme A: Syncopated and based upon a pentatonic scale. It is played by the horns, violas, cellos and accompanied by the strings.


Theme B has a wave like contour and is played by the horns.

Theme C is based upon crotchets and triplets with strings chords accenting each bar.

Theme D is also played by horns and strings. It is hymn like and later patriotic words were added “I vow to thee my country”.  Apparently, Holst was not thrilled about that!


Here is how you can join in on the night