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Suite from "The Planets" (arr. Vinson)

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Johnnie Vinson)

General Info

Year: 1916 / 2018
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Cello

Part 5

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Bassoon
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Cello
  • B-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Tuba
  • String/Electric Bass

Percussion I-II-III

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

One of the most famous works of classical literature is the Gustav Holst masterpiece The Planets; the powerful and evocative music remains as relevant today as ever before. Three movements from this suite, Mars, Venus and Jupiter, have been combined in this flexible instrumentation setting so groups of any size and makeup can perform and appreciate it.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Acalanes High School (Lafayette, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Lauren Gibson, conductor) - 12 May 2021
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Campus Band (Brady Krusemark, conductor) - 5 December 2020

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


  • Gibbs, Alan. "How did Holst conduct 'The Planets.'" Tempo, vol. 66, no. 261, July 2012, pp. 51-58.
  • Holst, G.; Vinson, J. (2018). Suite from The Planets [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Perusal score