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Marching Song

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1983
Duration: ca. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Studio Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $90.00 | Score only - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II (optional)
Oboe I-II (II optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV (III and IV optional)
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II (Both optional)
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion (2 Players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Gustav Holst's Two Songs Without Words were composed for small orchestra in 1906 and received their first performance at the Royal College of Music, London, under the composer's baton in the same year on July 19th. They were dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams who wrote to Holst:

'My dear V' It was nice to open your parcel and find my initials over your pieces - I don't know what you owe to me - but I know all I owe to you - if I ever do anything worth doing it will be greatly owing to having such a friend as you "at my command" as the folk-songs say, always ready to help and advise - and someone whose yea is always yea and nay, nay - which is a quality one really wants in a friend and so seldom gets.

In 1929-1930 the march was scored for small band by Holst and put on hire by Novello, since when it has been largely superseded by the arrangement for full symphonic band by Erik Leidzén, published in 1940.

Marching Song was scored, as most of his wind works, for a small military band. By omitting all of the optional extra parts, the work can be played by as few as 25 players.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

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Works for Winds by This Composer

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  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 296.
  • Perusal Score