Christmas Day

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Larry Daehn)

Subtitle: Fantasy on Old Carols

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2011
Duration: c. 5:50
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chorus and Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes (optional)
  • Marimba (optional)
  • Vibraphone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Oh, what fun it is to find a forgotten Christmas piece by Gustav Holst! Christmas Day is a set of variations on In Dulci Jubilo (Good Christian Men, Rejoice) with interwoven portions of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, The First Nowell, and Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly.

- Program Note from publisher

Gustav Holst composed Christmas Day in 1910, five years before he wrote The Planets. The piece is dedicated “To the music students of Morley College,” and it was premiered at Morley College on January 28, 1911. Holst originally wrote the work for chorus and orchestra, but he stated that it could be performed with any combination of instruments, including piano.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 18 December 2022
  • Lander University (Greenwood, S.C.) Wind Ensemble (Reed Gallo, conductor) - 29 November 2022
  • Salem Band (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (Eileen Young, conductor) – 19 December 2019
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Paul Bryan, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Ohlone Community Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 7 December 2019
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsbrg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) - 11 December 2018
  • Stonewall Brigade Band (Staunton, Va.) (Bob Moody, conductor) – 11 December 2017
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Timothy Smith, conductor) – 10 December 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 10 December 2017
  • Golden Valley High School Concert Band - 2012

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


  • Holst, G.; Daehn, L. (2011). Christmas Day : Fantasy on Old Carols [score]. Daehn Publications: New Glarus, Wisc.
  • Perusal score