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Moorside March

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. Gordon Jacob)


Subtitle: From 'A Moorside Suite'


General Info

Year: 1928 / 1960
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: V
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Cost: Unknown


Instrumentation

Piccolo
Flutes I - II
Eb Clarinet
Oboes I - II
Bb Clarinets I - II - III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I - II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Bass Saxophone
Bassoons I - II
Horns in F I - II - III - IV
Cornets I - II - III
Trumpets I - II
Trombones I - II - III
Baritone
Basses
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Triangle
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Moorside Suite, from which this march is taken, was commissioned as the test piece for the British National Brass Band Championship at the Crystal Palace, London, in 1928. Holst set the pattern for other composers of international repute who also wrote for the brass band in subsequent years. He left an incomplete version for military band, containing all of the first movement and 38 bars of the second, to be completed later. It is not known whether the brass or the military band score (now in the British Museum) was begun first.

Gordon Jacob arranged the suite for orchestra in 1952 and for wind band in 1960. According to Imogen Holst, her father "liked writing for brass better than for military band: it was mellower and more flexible. His affection for the trombone was lasting, and he knew the texture of the band instinctively and could get the best out of every instrument." At the Crystal Palace he listened to the piece 15 times and was deeply impressed by players who "combined the enthusiasm of amateurs with the skill of professionals. It was not only their technical proficiency that he admired so much: it was their sense of phrasing ad their real musicianship."

The march begins with a rising, four-note motif which leads into a vigorous theme, noteworthy because of its six-bar phrases. A second theme, employing more normal eight-bar phrases, is introduced by the saxophone. The trio is reminiscent of the ceremonial marches of Elgar and Walton in its pomp and dignity. After a brief modulatory section based on the opening motif, the first two themes are restated, and the march concludes with a coda containing material from the trio.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Valdosta (Ga.) State University Concert Band (Skye Holmes, conductor) – 18 February 2020
  • Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, Calif.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Andy Collinsworth, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (Chili, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Condoluci, conductor) – 14 February 2019
  • Collinsville High School (Collinsville, Il.) Symphonic Band (Ryan Stack, conductor) - 14 February 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Keith Taylor, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Wind Ensemble (Charles Peltz, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Jong Ho Kim, conductor) – 3 May 2018
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Campus Concert Band (Joe Clark, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • The University of Texas at Tyler Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Emge, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Mercyhurst (Ore.) University Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 21 February 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 6 February 2018
  • Genesee Valley (Batavia, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Katherine Robinson, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor) – 26 October 2017
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 20 June 2017
  • Kennesaw (Ga. ) State University Wind Symphony (Debra Traficante, conductor) – 27 February 2017
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Symphony Band (Eric Wilson, conductor) – 2 December 2016
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (David Plack, conductor) – 27 September 2016
  • Matamora Township (Ill.) High School (Christopher Render, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • University of Louisiana-Lafayette Wind Ensemble (Dr. William Hochkeppel, conductor) - 26 April 2016
  • University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Symphony (Jaclyn Hartenberger, conductor) – 23 March 2016


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Holst, G.; Jacob, G. (1960). Moorside March, from Moorside Suite [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: London.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 296-297.
  • Taylor, Kenric (2007). [1].