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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Scott Stanton)


Subtitle: From Second Suite for Military Band


General Info

Year: 1911 / 2010
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • C Treble Part
  • High B-flat Part
  • High E-flat Part

Part 2

  • C Treble Part
  • High B-flat Part
  • High E-flat Part
  • F Horn Part

Part 3

  • Low B-flat Part
  • Low E-flat Part
  • Bass Clef Part
  • F Horn Part
  • Viola Part

Part 4

  • Low B-flat Part
  • Low E-flat Part
  • Bass Clef Part
  • Bass Part
  • Tuba Part

Keyboards (optional)
Timpani (optional)
Mallet Percussion (optional)
Percussion (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum

Guitar (optional)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Second Suite consists of four movements, all based on specific English folk songs.

Movement I: March: Morris dance, Swansea Town, Claudy Banks. "The March of the Second Suite begins with a simple-five note motif between the low and high instruments of the band. The first folk tune is heard in the form of a traditional British brass band march using the Morris-dance tune Glorishears. After a brief climax, the second strain begins with a euphonium solo playing the second folk tune in the suite, Swansea Town. The theme is repeated by the full band before the trio. For the trio, Holst modulates to the unconventional sub-dominant minor of B-flat minor and changes the time signature to 6/8, thereby changing the meter. (Usually one would modulate to sub-dominant major in traditional march form. While Sousa, reputably the "king of marches", would sometimes change time signatures for the trio (most notably in El Capitan), it was not commonplace.) The third theme, called Claudy Banks, is heard in a low woodwind soli, as is standard march orchestration. Then the first strain is repeated da capo.

- Program Note by Imogen Holst


Commercial Discography

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Media


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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • Holst, G.; Stanton, S. (2010). March : From The Second Suite For Military Band [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score