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Chaconne from "First Suite in Eb"

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (trans. Scott Stanton)


Subtitle: First Movement


General Info

Year: 1911 / 2016
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • B-flat Soprano Saxophone

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Clarinet

Part 2
C Instruments

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Violin

B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • E-flat Horn

F Horn

Part 3
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • B-flat Trombone T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • E-flat Horn

Bass Clef

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

F Horn
Viola

Part 4
B-flat Instruments

  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tuba T.C.

E-flat Instruments

  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Tuba

Bass Clef Instruments

  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Bass Part

  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass Guitar
  • Keyboard Bass
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello
  • Bassoon

Tuba

Keyboards

  • Piano
  • Electric Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Accordion
  • Organ

Timpani
Mallet Percussion

  • Xylophone
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Orchestra Bells

Percussion

  • Bass Drum (or Drum Set)
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals

Guitar


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Program Notes

The opening movement from the Holst First Suite is contrapuntal in nature and teaches the importance of independent playing. The flashy 16th note runs are scored for the mallets and snare drum.

- Program Note by publisher


There are three movements in the suite: Chaconne, Intermezzo, and March. Holst writes, “As each movement is founded on the same phrase, it is requested that the suite be played right through without a break.” Indeed, the first three notes of the Chaconne are Eb, F and C, and the first three notes of the melody when it first appears in the Intermezzo are Eb, F, and C.

The Chaconne begins with a ground bass reminiscent of those written by Henry Purcell or William Byrd. It is performed by tuba, euphonium and string bass and is repeated throughout the ensemble sixteen full times as varying instrumental textures and variations of the theme are layered within it. Following a delicately scored chamber setting of the theme, the music steadily builds to a brilliant Eb Major chord that concludes the movement.

- Program Note by Esmail Khalili


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