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15-Minute Music Lesson of Music Inspired by Outer Space

Today’s “15-Minute Music Lesson of Music Inspired by Outer Space” is perfect to use anytime you are studying space or astronomy because the music helps you “feel” outer space.
15-Minute Music Lesson of Music Inspired by Outer Space, with free printable pack, Music in Our Homeschool
I’ve chosen five pieces of music that cause me to think of outer space when I hear them.

Star Trek

First, let’s listen to the end credits music of the movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, written by prolific American film composer Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004).

La Constellation du Sagittaire

Listen now to Éclairs surl’Au-Delà – 2. La Constellation du Sagittaire (Flashes on the Beyond – 2. The Constellation of Sagittarius) by French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992).

“Fanfare” from Also Sprach Zarathustra 

You are sure to think of outer space as you listen to this next piece. Hear “Fanfare” from Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss (1864-1949), a German composer. This music is also part of the soundtrack for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey:


Next, we’ll hear a piece by English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934). From 1914 to 1916, he wrote an entire suite about the 8 planets. Let’s listen to “Jupiter,” but feel free to expand today’s lesson by listening to the entire suite called The Planets.


Here is a bonus, if you’d like to try out some modern music. You might only be able to handle a minute or two of it! Listen to Atmosphères by Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006). Ligeti was an avant-garde Hungarian composer.

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