March from "First Suite in Eb"

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (trans. Scott Stanton)

Subtitle: March (Third Movement)

General Info

Year: 1909 / 2015
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
C Instruments Part 1

  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments Part 1

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone

E-flat Instruments Part 1

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Clarinet

C Instruments Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments Part 2

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Horn

F Horn Part 2

B-flat Instruments Part 3

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • B-flat Trombone T.C.
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet

E-flat Instruments Part 3

  • E-flat Alto Clarinet

8E-flat Baritone Saxophone

  • E-flat Horn

Bass Clef Part 3

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

F Horn Part 3

Viola Part 3

B-flat Instruments Part 4

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Trombone T.C.

E-flat Instruments Part 4

  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Tuba T.C.

Bass Clef Instruments Part 4

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Bass Part 4

  • String Bass
  • Bass Guitar
  • Keyboard Bass

Tuba Part 4


  • Piano
  • Electric Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Accordion
  • Organ


Mallet Percussion

  • Xylophone
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Orchestra Bells


  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The First Suite in E♭ for Military Band, Op. 28, No. 1, by the British composer Gustav Holst is considered one of the cornerstone masterworks in the concert band repertoire. Officially premiered in 1920 at the Royal Military School of Music, the manuscript was originally completed in 1909. Along with the subsequent Second Suite in F for Military Band, written in 1911 and premiered in 1922, the First Suite convinced many other prominent composers that serious music could be written specifically for band.

The third movement, March, is usually played at a march tempo, although many recordings use a faster tempo. It opens with a famous bass drum solo, one of the few in the band literature. It features two primary melodies both very contrasting in style.

The first melody is featured exclusively in the brass section in a very marcato manner. The second melody in the mid and low woodwinds, and later the euphonium, baritone saxophone, and bassoon, resembles the melodies of the first two movements and is played in a very legato and lyrical style. Following the completion of the second melody, strains of the first melody and the first four bars can be heard as the movement builds up to the finale.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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