Songs from the "Second Suite"

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (trans. Scott Stanton)

Subtitle: Song without Words and Song of the Blacksmith

General Info

Year: 1911 / 2012
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • C Treble
  • High B-flat
  • High E-flat

Part 2

  • C Treble
  • High B-flat
  • High E-flat
  • F Horn

Part 3

  • Low B-flat
  • Low E-flat
  • Bass Clef
  • F Horn
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Low B-flat
  • Low E-flat
  • Bass Clef
  • Bass
  • Tuba

Timpani (optional)
Piano (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Mallets (optional)
  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbal (optional)
  • Triangle (optional)
  • Anvil

Guitar (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

For the second movement of Second Suite, entitled Song without Words, Holst places the fourth folk song, I'll Love My Love in stark contrast to the first movement. The movement begins with a chord from French horns and moves into a solo of clarinet with oboe over a flowing accompaniment in F Dorian. The solo is then repeated by trumpet, forming an arc of intensity. The climax of the piece is a fermata in measure 32, followed by a trumpet pick-up into the final measures of the piece.

In the third movement, Song of the Blacksmith, Holst contrasts the slow second movement to the rather upbeat third movement which features the folk song A Blacksmith Courted Me. The brass section plays in a pointillistic style depicting a later Holst style. There are many time signature changes, making the movement increasingly difficult because the brass section has all of their accompaniment on the up-beats of each measure. The upper woodwinds and horns join on the melody around the body of the piece, and are accompanied with the sound of a blacksmith forging metal with an anvil called for in the score. The final D major chord has a glorious, heavenly sound, which opens way to the final movement. This chord works so effectively perhaps because it is unexpected: the entire movement is in F major when the music suddenly moves to the major of the relative minor.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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