Second Suite in F (arr. Johnston)

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Matt Johnston)

Subtitle: Op. 28, no. 2

General Info

Year: 1911 / 2011
Duration: c. 11:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Military band
Publisher: Alry Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $38.00


1. March - 4:45
2. Song without Words - 2:25
3. Song of a Blacksmith - 1:10
4. Fantasia on the 'Dargason' - 3:10


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V
E-flat Alto Clarinet/Basset Horn
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet/B-flat Contrabass Clarinet/String Bass
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Anvil
  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Side Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Holst composed the Second Suite in 1911, but he was so preoccupied (and later fatigued) by the details of supervising a performance by Morley College students of Purcell’s Fairy Queen (the first since the 17th century) that he forgot about the work until asked to compose another suite for military band in 1921. He changed his original tune Young Reilly in the opening of the march to the Morris dance Glorishears and made some slight changes in the instrumentation to comply with the instrumentation adopted by the Kneller Hall Conference of December 1921. The suite was premiered on June 30, 1922, at Royal Albert Hall, London, by the Military School of Music Band conducted by Lt. Hector E. Adkins.

The march movement uses three tunes, set in the pattern A-B-C-A-B. After the opening Morris dance, a broad and lyrical folk song, Swansea Town, features the euphonium and is followed by Claudy Banks, which has a lilting, swinging feeling derived from its compound duple meter. In describing the entire suite, Richard Franko Goldman comments that “no more delightful contribution has ever been made by a prominent composer to the band repertory.”

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

For Mitchell Estrin and the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Texas: Clarinet Choir Class 1


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  • Holst, G.; Johnston, M. (2011). Second Suite in F: Op. 28, no. 2 [score]. ALRY Publications: [Seattle, Wash.].
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 297.