Marching Song (ed. Reynish)

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (ed. Timothy Reynish)

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1983
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Small orchestra
Publisher: Novello
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


doubling Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II (optional)
Oboe I-II (II optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II (optional)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV (III & IV optional)
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Side Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gustav Holst's Two Songs Without Words were composed for small orchestra in 1906 and received their first performance at the Royal College of Music, London, under the composer's baton in the same year on July 19th. They were dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams who wrote to Holst:

My dear V,

It was nice to open your parcel and find my initials over your pieces - I don't know what you owe to me - but I know all I owe to you - if I ever do anything worth doing it will be greatly owing to having such a friend as you "at my command" as the folk-songs say, always ready to help and advise - and someone whose yea is always yea and nay, nay - which is a quality one really wants in a friend and so seldom gets.

In 1929-1930 the march was scored for small band by Holst and put on hire by Novello, since when it has been largely superseded by the arrangement for full symphonic band by Erik Leidzén, published in 1940.

Marching Song was scored, as most of his wind works, for a small military band. By omitting all of the optional extra parts, the work can be played by as few as 25 players.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls) Symphonic Band (Justin J. Mertz, conductor) - 21 September 2023
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Bill Haehnel, conductor) - 14 February 2023
  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Ensemble (Andrea E. Brown, conductor) -15 October 2021
  • Staffordshire Youth Wind Orchestra (Manchester, Eng.) (Eric Bennett, conductor) – 24 September 1983 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


  • Holst, G.; Reynish, T. (1983). Marching Song [score]. Novello: Borough Green, Eng.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 226.