Marching Song (arr Moss)

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. John Moss)

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General Info

Year: 1906 / 2006
Duration: ca. 3:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
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
Horn in F
Convertible Bass Line
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


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In 1929-1930 the march was scored for small band by Holst and put on hire by Novello, since when it has been largely superseded by the arrangement for full symphonic band by Erik Leidzén, published in 1940.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


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Georgia: III
  • Louisiana: II
  • Michigan: Junior High A
  • Michigan: Senior High D
  • South Carolina: II
  • Texas: II. Complete
  • Virginia: III


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Maroon Campus Band (David Roush, conductor) – 5 March 2020
  • Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) Senior Honor Band (Jack Stamp, conductor) – 2 February 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Nicholas Waldron, conductor) – 25 March 2019
  • Ohio University (Athens) University Band (Joshua Boyer, conductor) – 6 November 2018
  • North East Minnesota Band Directors Association 6-8 Honor Band (Nolan Hauta, guest conductor) - 28 January 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Larry Frost, conductor) – 26 July 2016
  • Pomona (Calif.) Concert Band (Linda W. Taylor, conductor) – 7 July 2016
  • Banda Rappresentativa dei Corsi di formazione bandistica delle Valli del Noce (Italy) (Giovanni Bruni, conductor) – 19 May 2013

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