No, that’s not the title of a Bond film. This piece is part of Empire Earth 3, and accompanies a foreboding image of the Earth spinning in space. The tone is initially ethereal, then grows with militaristic intensity.
Any composer writing this kind of music faces an artistic challenge: try not to rip off Holst. I didn’t fare too badly here. There are a few voices-and-celeste moments that are reminiscent of the later movements of the Planets symphony, but by and large I don’t think I gave Gustov’s estate much legal ammunition.
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