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Capriccio (tr Boyd)

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (trans. Boyd)

General Info

Year: 1932 / 1967 / 1974
Duration: c. 5:18
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
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
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Celesta
  • Cymbal (Suspended and Crash)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work was originally entitled Jazz-Band Piece (Mr. Shilkret's Maggot) when it was composed in 1932. Imogen Holst revised the work and the title to Capriccio in 1967.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

John Boyd has written an expert transcription of Holst's Capriccio, originally written for what Giles describes as a curious hybrid beast, half wind band-half orchestra, that was Shilkret's radio orchestra ... not actually a wind piece ... more a basis for negotiation. Snippets of folk like material, of marches, reminiscences of Hammersmith and The Songs without Words make this a fascinating kaleidoscope of ideas, deftly woven into a too-short five-minute piece.

- Program Note by Tim Reynish

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: V


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