I have been working on "The Planets", the orchestral suite by Gustav Holst, English 1874 - 1934.
Besides "Mars - Bringer of War", there is Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. The work is based on the Astrological, rather than the Astronomical, thus there is no "Earth" and Holst didn't write one for Pluto because it had yet to be discovered at the time he wrote the suite. He was still alive when Pluto was discovered but refused to reopen the file and write one for it. Since his passing, Pluto has been discounted as an entity qualifying for "Planet" status. Holst did not think "The Planets" was his best work, yet it is by these pieces he has become, arguably the best known of 20th Century English composers.
I have learned Holst liked big, powerful orchestras and utilized every percussion instrument available. He also had a penchant for using any instrument which had a name prefixed with either "Double" or "Contra".
There were 6 Timpani, 2 Harps, Bass Drum etc.
Holst - Mars
If you long for lighter fare, here is Nights in Paris
The video on You Tube is near 9 mins long and pays homage to Daniel Frasnay, photographer. These photos selected from his collaboration with writer Jan Brusse in the 1957 book called "Nights in Paris" ( Nachten van Parijs ) published by A. W. Bruna & Zoon, Utrecht.
My brother made the video using these black and white photos taken by Frasnay during the 1950's and depict night life out on the town in Paris, France. I helped out by providing my renders of jazz pieces, using my newly acquired JABB2.
The pieces used are, "Twentieth Century Stomp" anon, "Gentle Rain" by Luiz Bonfa, (my fave), and to fill in the last minute and a half, I knocked out some blues, again using the JABB2.
Caution: Adult Content - Viewer Discretion is advised.