Jupiter Hymn

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Johan de Meij)

Subtitle: From The Planets

General Info

Year: 1916 / 1921 / 1990
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $59.00; (digital) - $15.00   |   Score Only (print) - $13.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon 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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Suspended Cymbal


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Jupiter Hymn comes from the fourth movement ,"Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" from the orchestral suite The Planets by the English composer Gustav Holst (l874 - 1934), written between 1914 and 1917. The Planets was premiered in 1918 by Sir Adrian Boult and the Royal Philharmonic Society and remains one of the most colourful examples of our 20th-century orchestral literature.

- Program Note from publisher

Jupiter – The Bringer of Jollity is introduced by a genial syncopated dance, appropriately so since a happy and festive mood is maintained throughout this movement. Holst's love of English folk song and dance is readily demonstrated here. The middle section presents a surprising contrast -- a majestic flowing melody in 3/4 meter which Holst later used for a patriotic song.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

  • Kansas: II
  • Virginia: IV


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  • Holst, G.; Meij, J. (1990). Jupiter Hymn: From The Planets [score]. Amstel Corp.: Amsterdam.
  • Jupiter Hymn, Amstel Music Accessed 28 June 2016
  • The Planets. Wikipedia. Accessed 6 August 2023
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 297.