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March from Second Suite in F Major

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Danielle Fisher)


General Info

Year: 1911 / 2018
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Danielle Fisher
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $35.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
C Instruments

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4

B-flat Instruments

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4

E-flat Instruments

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4

F Instruments

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4

Low Bass Clef Instruments

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4

C Bass Clef Instruments

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4

Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Second Suite consists of four movements, all based on specific English folk songs.

Movement I: March: Morris Dance, Swansea Town, Claudy Banks. "The "March" of the Second Suite begins with a simple-five note motif between the low and high instruments of the band. The first folk tune is heard in the form of a traditional British brass band march using the Morris-dance tune Glorishears. After a brief climax, the second strain begins with a euphonium solo playing the second folk tune in the suite, Swansea Town. The theme is repeated by the full band before the trio. For the trio, Holst modulates to the unconventional sub-dominant minor of B-flat minor and changes the time signature to 6/8, thereby changing the meter. (Usually one would modulate to sub-dominant major in traditional march form. While Sousa, reputably the "king of marches", would sometimes change time signatures for the trio (most notably in El Capitan), it was not commonplace.) The third theme, called Claudy Banks, is heard in a low woodwind soli, as is standard march orchestration. Then the first strain is repeated da capo.

- Program Note by Imogen Holst


N.b. The title of the work on the score is Suite No. 2 in F Major, though it is shown elsewhere on the publisher's website as Holst Second Suite: March and Second Suite March: Holst.


Performance Notes

Fully flexible. Assign parts as you see fit.


Commercial Discography

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