Planets 2022 – Pluto

Gustav Holst did not compose music for Pluto – he wrote his Planet Suite during 1914-1917 and Pluto was not discovered until 1930.

Pluto of course has been re-classified as a Dwarf Planet. For my generation Pluto WAS a planet(!) and so I’ve added this unique piece to Planets 2022.

I’ve used Harp, Strings, Brass, and Choir, but also very purposefully counterpointed these with obviously electronic sounds.

The repetitive drone sound is actually a lighthouse Foghorn. It made me think of isolation, distance, darkness, and loneliness, which all felt relevant to Pluto.