Christmas Day (arr. Beringen)

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Robert van Berigen)

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Subtitle: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2010
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chorus and orchestra
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €99.00   |   Score Only (print) - €17.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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 (I doubling Flugelhorn)
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)

SATB Choir (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gustav Holst composed almost 200 works, one being a very elegant and charming fantasy on the old English Christmas carols: Good Christian Men, Rejoice; God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; Come Ye Lofty, Come and The First Nowell. The fantasy called Christmas Day was originally written for mixed choir with orchestra or organ accompaniment. Robert van Beringen has arranged this work for concert band exactly 100 years later.

- Program Note from publisher

Gustav Holst composed Christmas Day in 1910, five years before he wrote The Planets. The piece is dedicated “To the music students of Morley College,” and it was premiered at Morley College on January 28, 1911. Holst originally wrote the work for chorus and orchestra, but he stated that it could be performed with any combination of instruments, including piano.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Bill Schuetter, conductor) – 15 December 2019

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Music


  • Holst, G.; Beringen, R. (2010). Christmas Day : Choral Fantasy on Old Carols [score]. De Haske: Heerenveen, Netherlands.
  • Perusal score