Jupiter (tr Curnow)

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (trans. James Curnow)

Subtitle: The Bringer of Jollity; from The Planets

General Info

Year: 1916 / 1990
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bell
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Jupiter, "the Bringer of Jollity,” with its Falstaffian sense of humor, is the most popular of the movements and it conveys the astrological significance of Jupiter as benevolent and generous. Perhaps the cause of its popularity lies in the very English tune which is introduced toward the middle of the movement. Solemn and carol-like, the melody was later arranged as the hymn tune Thaxted, after the village where Holst lived for many years. Adapted to fit a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, I vow to thee, my country, the music became associated with the strong patriotic feelings resulting from the human cost of World War I. Later, the tune was incorporated in the hymn O God Beyond All Praising. It has even been used as the theme of the Rugby Union World Cup since 1991.

- Program Note from Illinois State University Symphonic Winds concert program, 16 November 2016


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Georgia: V
  • Maryland: VI
  • Minnesota: II
  • North Carolina: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Maryland Winds (Columbia) (Timothy Holtan, conductor) - 19 November 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 3 March 2018
  • North Hollywood (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Robin Sharp, conductor) – 23 February 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Campus Band (Andrea Brown, conductor) – 5 November 2017
  • Aragon High School (San Mateo, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Troy Davis, conductor) - 6 May 2017
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 16 November 2016
  • Cascade Winds Symphonic Band (Bend, Ore.) (Dan Judd, conductor) – 5 June 2011

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


  • Gibbs, Alan. "How did Holst conduct 'The Planets.'" Tempo, vol. 66, no. 261, July 2012, pp. 51-58.
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 155. Print.
  • Holst, G.; Curnow, J. (1990). Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity [score]. Jenson Publications: [s.l.].
  • The Planets. Wikipedia. Accessed 6 August 2023