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Mars (arr Bocook)

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Jay Bocook)


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Subtitle: From The Planets


General Info

Year: 1916 / 1998
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Without question, The Planets has risen to the top of symphonic works of the 20th century. Its unique style and musical drama have been emulated in many of today's music genres, from serious concert music to blockbuster movie scores. Now available is this version for band that's approachable, well-paced, and musically exciting.

- Program Note by publisher


Mars – The Bringer of War was complete in the composer's mind in the summer of 1914, when the First World War was but an emerging threat. The work is dominated by a relentless hammering out of a 5/4 rhythm which suggests the relentless destruction of war. The opposition of harmony and rhythm is skillfully used to produce a startling aural and emotional effect. The movement was transcribed for band by the composer [sic: actually probably transcribed by Pay and Smith, Holst's students] in 1924.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


The Mars and Jupiter movements of Holst's orchestral work were arranged for band by two students, L. Pay and George Smith, for a concert at Kneller Hall on October 3, 1924. (Kneller Hall, in the London borough of Richmond on Thames, houses the Royal Military School of Music, training musicians for the British Army.) It is possible, though not definitively known, that Holst himself had an active role in proofing the manuscripts.

- Program Note from From Kneller Hall to Hammersmith


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Holst, G.; Bocook, J. (1998). Mars: From The Planets [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Mitchell, Jon C. From Kneller Hall to Hammersmith: The Band Works of Gustav Holst. Tutzing: H. Schneider, 1990, pg. 91-92. Print.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 297.