Composers and the Zodiac

Based on the comings and goings of the cosmological cocktail party that's the solar system, how do the composers of years gone by match up to their astrology?

We've looked at the star signs of composers whose music we're playing this year and picked out pieces that reflect it. Why did Mozart look back to the Baroque in his last years? Probably his Saturn return. Stravinsky's serialist period? A common sign of Mercury going into retrograde.

To check out any of the pieces, have a listen on Spotify – playlist below.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
27 January 1756

  • Will always tell you the truth
  • Feels like the only rational person in the room
  • 'Me: an intellectual'

Stellar recommendations:

  • 'Et incarnatus est' from Great Mass in C Minor
  • Overture from The Magic Flute
  • Allegro from Piano Concerto No 22 in E-flat major



Maurice Ravel 
7 March 1875

  • Will listen to what you have to say
  • Helps others heal
  • Pets love them

Stellar recommendations:

  • Adagio assai from Piano Concerto in G Major
  • Une barque sur l'ocean from Miroirs
  • 'Asie' from Shéhérazade



Modest Mussorgsky 
21 March 1839

  • Pulls you out of your comfort zone
  • Volcanic temperament
  • Drives through amber lights

Stellar recommendations:

  • Gopak from Sorochinski Fair
  • Night on the Bare Mountain (1867 original version)
  • The Old Castle from Pictures at an Exhibition



Johannes Brahms 
7 May 1833

  • Understands your most complex feelings
  • Finish what they start
  • Great at cooking

Stellar recommendations:

  • Vivace ma non troppo from Violin Sonata in G major
  • Intermezzo in E major, Op 116 No 4
  • Andante from String Sextet No 1



Igor Stravinsky 
17 June 1882

  • Talks about whatever is on their mind
  • Prone to existential crises
  • Has one million interests

Stellar recommendations:

  • The Shrovetide Fair from Petrushka
  • Ragtime for Piano
  • Apollon musagète



Gustav Mahler 
7 July 1860

  • Will motivate you to be a better person
  • Nostalgia as a coping mechanism
  • Forecast: mood swings

Stellar recommendations:

  • Symphony No 4
  • 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen'



Claude Debussy
22 August 1862

  • Will prove to you that you're all they need
  • Great hair
  • Knows what they're good at

Stellar recommendations:

  • Jeux for Orchestra
  • Bruyères from Preludes Book II
  • Nuit d'étoiles



Antonín Dvořák
8 September 1841

  • Always sees the good in things
  • Cleaning as a coping mechanism
  • Gives great advice even when their own life is in shambles

Stellar recommendations:

  • Cello Concerto in B minor
  • Piano Trio No 1, Op 21
  • Slavonic Dances, Op 46



George Gershwin
28 September 1898

  • Turns weaknesses into strengths
  • Master of the glow-up
  • Parents love them

Stellar recommendations:

  • Girl Crazy Suite
  • Piano Concerto in F
  • Rhapsody in Blue


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Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn
14 November 1805

  • Passionate & protective
  • Ambitious & competitive
  • Grew up early

Stellar recommendations:

  • Piano Trio in G minor
  • Schwanenlied
  • Sonnatensatz in E major





Jean Sibelius
8 December 1865

  • Minds their own business
  • Free spirit & storyteller
  • Blows up the AUX chord

Stellar recommendations:

  • Symphony No 7
  • Phojola's Daughter
  • The Spruce from The Trees, Op 75





Giaccomo Puccini
22 December 1858

  • Always on their grind
  • People thank them for their tough advice

Stellar recommendations:

  • Visi d'Arte from Tosca
  • Messa di Gloria
  • La bohème


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