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Brook Green Suite

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (trans. James Curnow)


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General Info

Year: 1933 / 2006
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $18.95


Movements

1. Prelude – 1:25
2. Air – 2:35
3. Dance – 2:25


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Brook Green Suite for strings was written in 1933 during Gustav Holst's stay in the hospital (where he was to die in May 1934). It was written for his pupils, the junior orchestra at St Paul's Girls School; he wanted to write a piece in a contemporary, mature style that was easy enough for his pupils to perform, while he felt they deserved better than simple orchestrations from keyboard originals or 'watered down' pieces aimed at younger players. It was probably named after Brook Green because that was the location of his wedding to his wife, Isobel, in 1901.

Holst’s ability to develop and explore folk melodies with rich, lyrical treatment is fully realised in this example of the final phase of this remarkable composer’s career. This is a three-movement work; the smooth and peaceful Prelude, the expressive Air, and the sprightly Dance combine to create a truly enriching experience.

- Program Notes by Elin Thomas for the Ohlone Concert Band


Gustav Holst’s career fell into three phases: derivative composition, achievement of personal style, and musical maturity. His discovery of the English folk song began the gradual achievement of a distinct personal style, which led to performance of his music and an extended reputation. Brook Green Suite was composed after the success of his orchestral suite The Planets secured his fame, and it is one of his works that includes the use of a folk melody.

The suite was written for the St. Paul’s Junior String Orchestra at the St. Paul’s Girls School in Hammersmith, London, England, where Holst was teaching. The entire suite exhibits Holst’s melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and stylistic maturity at their highest level.

- Program Note from Appalachian State University Concert Band concert program, 25 April 2016


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State Ratings

  • Louisiana: IV
  • North Carolina: IV
  • Texas: III. (Mvt 1 and one other)
  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • Pomona (Calif.) College Band (Graydon Beeks, conductor) - 2 May 2020 (scheduled but not performed)
  • Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, Calif.) (Amy Gelb, conductor) – 29 October 2018
  • Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Concert Band (Matthew Brusseau, conductor) – 25 April 2016
  • Ohlone Concert Band (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) - 5 November 2014
  • Herscher (Ill.) High School Band - 2013


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