Two Songs Without Words

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Frank Erickson)

This work bears the designation Opus 22.

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1996
Duration: c. 7:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Songs
Publisher: Frank Erickson Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


1. Country Song – 3:40
2. Country March – 3:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Two Songs Without Words was composed in 1906 and was dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams and is similar in style to his two suites for band. The Country Song opens with the principal theme as an unaccompanied clarinet solo, followed by its repetition in the full woodwind section. The main theme returns in a "maestoso" setting before fading into a quite closing. Marching Song is characterized by a distinctive running sixteenth-note figure. The principal melody, first played by the low woodwinds, is punctuated by these same running sixteenth-note fragments. Both themes are again repeated with much variation before the tempo picks up into a short coda-style ending.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class A


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  • Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Brian O. Walden, conductor) - 29 October 2021

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