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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. L. Pay and G. Smith)

Subtitle: The Bringer of Jollity

General Info

Year: 1914-16 / 1924
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - £66.95   |   Score Only (print) - £4.99


Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I - II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
Solo B-flat Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
Solo B-flat Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I- II-III
String Bass
Percussion (3-4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


In Parts:

  • Piccolo I - II and Flute I - II music is written on the same pages. The divisi are nearly impossible to read, and it is not always clear without the score which instrument(s) are to play.

Program Notes

Jupiter – The Bringer of Jollity is introduced by a genial syncopated dance, appropriately so since a happy and festive mood is maintained throughout this movement. Holst's love of English folk song and dance is readily demonstrated here. The middle section presents a surprising contrast -- a majestic flowing melody in 3/4 meter which Holst later used for a patriotic song, I Vow to Thee, My Country.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

The Mars and Jupiter movements of Holst's orchestral work were arranged for band by two students, L. Pay and George Smith, for a concert at Kneller Hall on October 3, 1924. (Kneller Hall, in the London borough of Richmond on Thames, houses the Royal Military School of Music, training musicians for the British Army.) It is possible, though not definitively known, that Holst himself had an active role in proofing the manuscripts.

- Program Note from From Kneller Hall to Hammersmith


State Ratings

  • Minnesota - Category I


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  • U.S. Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) Band (Thomas Gamboa, conductor) - 25 March 2023
  • Wheaton College (Ill.) Symphonic Band (Brady McNeil, conductor) - 14 April 2023
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 19 March 2022
  • The Southern Tier (Binghamton, N.Y.) Concert Band (Robin Linaberry, conductor) - 14 March, 2022
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 29 November 2020
  • California State University, Los Angeles Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor) – 2 December 2019
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Bradley P. Ethington, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 7 November 2018
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) Wind Ensemble (John C. Carmichael, conductor) - 24 April 2018
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO) Wind Symphony (David W. Samson, conductor) - 18 February 2018
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 10 February 2017
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor) – 6 November 2016
  • Golden State Wind Orchestra (Sacramento, Calif.) (Marlon A. Ramirez, conductor) – 11 June 2016
  • Los Alamos (N.M.) Community Winds (Ted Vives, conductor) – 21 May 2016
  • Madison Wind Ensemble (WI) (Brian Vanderbloemen, conductor) - 8 May 2016
  • SUNY Potsdam Crane Concert Band (James Madeja, conductor) – 20 April 2016
  • Colts Neck (N.J.) Community Band (Don Swinchoski, conductor) - 13 November 2014
  • Category 5 Wind Ensemble, Inc. (Dan Sitomer, conductor) - 22 September 2012
  • Charles A. Sprague High School (Salem, Ore.) Wind Ensemble (Ike Nail, conductor) – 20 December 2001 (2001 Midwest Clinic)

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Beyond the Score: Other worlds? Holst: ‘The Planets’
  • Gibbs, Alan. "How did Holst conduct 'The Planets.'" Tempo, vol. 66, no. 261, July 2012, pp. 51-58.
  • Holst, G.; Smith, G. [1924]. The Planets: Jupiter / 4th Movement [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: London.
  • Mitchell, Jon C. From Kneller Hall to Hammersmith: The Band Works of Gustav Holst. Tutzing: H. Schneider, 1990, pg. 91-92. Print.
  • The Planets. Wikipedia. Accessed 6 August 2023
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 297.