NASA’s Perseverance spacecraft (Photo: NASA)

We have known for some time that there is no “man on the moon”. Now, even after the landing on Mars, it is confirmed: the presumed Martians do not exist either. Thus, we are gradually robbed of all illusions and can put the stories and fairy tales about this species to rest. Therefore, humanity must venture further and further into the universe in order to find a related creature after all.

So on 18 February 2021, the time had come and the 5th Mars rover landed on the surface by helicopter. The dimensions made here are already enormous: 480 million kilometres from Earth, the vehicle landed on the previously planned landing site, the Jezero crater in the northern hemisphere.

Thinking musically, Mars immediately brings to mind the suite “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. The first movement, “Mars, the Bringer of War”, is one of the most frequently performed movements of this suite. The complete work with all movements was first performed in November 1920 by the London Symphony Orchestra under Albert Coates to critical and public acclaim.

There are numerous arrangements for wind orchestra at all levels. But the planet also plays an important role in many other works. We have compiled here a list with galactic content.