Fantasia on the "Dargason"

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Michael Story)

Subtitle: From Second Suite in F, Op. 28, No. 2

General Info

Year: 1911 / 2000
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

MIchael Story has skillfully re-scored the finale from Holst's Second Suite in F making the combination of Dargason Dance and Greensleeves approachable for young band. The energy of the original has been retained.

- Program Note from publisher

The Second Suite in F for Military Band, written in 1911 and published in 1922, is Gustav Hoist’s second suite for concert band and a staple of the wind band repertoire. During Hoist’s earlier years as a composer, he took interest (as did many composers at the time) in folk music, and wrote many pieces based on folk tunes.

Michael Story arranged the fourth and final movement of this famous work, Fantasia on the Dargason, for the developing band in 2000, In this version, Story has captured the magic of Hoist while presenting a more accessible version for younger players. Several adaptations within Story’s version include introducing the folk tune Dargason in the clarinet section, rather than alto saxophone; altering the key; and even changing the final piccolo/tuba duet to a more accessible flute/tuba duet, while not compromising the difficulty of the rhythm and style. The Fantasia continues through several variations encompassing the full capabilities of the band while also maintaining Holst’s clever thematic treatments.

- Program Note from Indian Springs Middle School Band concert program, 12 February 2016


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 19 December 2017
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 21 April 2016
  • Indian Springs Middle School (Keller, Texas) Band (Jennifer Alcocer, conductor) - 12 February 2016 (2016 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


None discovered thus far.