Schwantner's Percussion Concerto + Holst's Planets
Holst described The Planets as "a series of mood pictures", acting as "foils to one another" Short writes that some of the characteristics the composer attributed to the planets may have been suggested by Alan Leo's booklet What is a Horoscope?
The Percussion Concerto, cast in a three-movement arch-like design, opens with the soloist stationed near the other percussionists. A collaborative relationship develops between the soloist and the soloist's percussion colleagues in an expanded ensemble that also includes piano and harp. The soloist, forcefully and propulsively, articulates the primary musical materials with a battery of timbaletas a pair of bongos, amplified marimba, xylophone, and a two-octave set of crotales. The marimba and drums are most prominently featured in this movement. -L.A Phil