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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Stanton)

Subtitle: From First Suite in E-flat

General Info

Year: 1909 / 2017
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

C Instruments Part I: Flute, Piccolo, Violin
B-flat Instruments Part I: B-flat Clarinet, B-flat Trumpet, B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Instruments Part I: E-flat Alto Saxophone, E-flat Clarinet

C Instruments Part II: Flute, Oboe, Violin
B-flat Instruments Part II: B-flat Clarinet, B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Instruments Part II: E-flat Alto Saxophone, E-flat Horn
F Horn Part II: F Horn

B-flat Instruments Part III: B-flat Tenor Saxophone, B-flat Baritone TC, B-flat Trombone TC
E-flat Instruments Part III: E-flat Alto Clarinet, E-flat Baritone Saxophone, E-flat Horn
F Horn Part III: F Horn

B-flat Instruments Part IV: B-flat Bass Clarinet, B-flat Baritone TC, B-flat Contrabass Clarinet, B-flat Tuba TC
E-flat Instruments Part IV: E-flat Baritone Saxophone, E-flat Alto Clarinet, E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet, E-flat Tuba TC
Bass Clef Part IV: Trombone, Euphonium BC, Cello, Bassoon, String Bass, Electric Bass, Keyboard Bass
Tuba Part 4: Tuba

Guitar: Guitar
Keyboard: Piano, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Accordion Organ
Timpani: Timpani, Triangle
Mallet Percussion: Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Orchestra Bells
Percussion: Triangle, Cymbals, Tambourine, Bass Drum (or Drum Set)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gustav Holst's band masterwork is now available in an edition that places it within reach of bands with severely limited or awkward instrumentation. It will make small bands with good players sound great. Optional parts for guitar, piano, bass and percussion can also fill some missing holes in the band.

- Program Note by publisher

The Intermezzo is light and brisk and features soloistic passages for the cornet, oboe and clarinet. Holst prominently displays the agility and sensitivity of the wind band through transparent textures and passages where the melody and accompaniment are woven into a variety of instrumental settings.

- Program Note by Esmail Khalili

Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat is universally considered a band masterwork. This Build-A-Band edition places it within reach of those bands with limited or unbalanced instrumentation, making it the perfect selection for the small band with good players to sound great. This fast middle movement from the suite teaches young musicians to articulate contrasting staccato and legato passages. Optional parts for guitar, piano, bass and percussion can fill some missing holes in the band.

- Program Note from the Wylie High School Wind Symphony concert program, 22 December 2017

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Holst, G.; Stanton, S. [2017]. Intermezzo : from First suite in E♭ [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score