In the Bleak Midwinter (arr Giroux)

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst, arranged by Julie Giroux

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $80.00   |   Score Only (print) - $17.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crotales I-II
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the Bleak Midwinter is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner's Monthly for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rossetti's Poetic Works in 1904. Rossetti's lyric envision the birth of Jesus in the middle of a cld winter, nting that only his mother worshipped him with a kiss.

Angels and Archangels, May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim, Thronged the air;
But only His Mother, In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved, With a kiss.

The poem became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Gustav Holst entitled Cranham.

Harold Darke's anthem setting of 1911 is more complex and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world's leading choirmasters and choral experts in 2008.

- Program Note from Wikipedia and Crosby High School Symphonic Band concert program


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Samford University (Homewood, Ala.) Honor Band (J. Nick Smith, conductor) - 14 January 2023
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Symphony (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 12 November 2022
  • Crosby (Tex.) High School Symphonic Band (Michael Lehew, conductor) - 20 December 2018 (2018 Midwest Clinic) *Premiere Performance*

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