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Somerset Rhapsody, A

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Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (trans. Clare Grundman)

This work bears the designation Opus 21.

General Info

Year: 1906 / 1927 / 1980
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium:' Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.50


Full Score
Flute I-II (4 players suggested)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion (4-5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21, was composed in 1906 and was dedicated to Cecil Sharp, the renowned collector of English folksong music. It is based on three tunes found among Sharp’s many collections: It’s a Rosebud in June, High Germany, and The Lover’s Farewell. It was rewritten and premiered at Queens Hall by conductor Edward Mason in April of 1910, and published by Boosey & Hawkes in 1927.

- Program Notes by Nikk Pilato

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: IV
  • Maryland: V
  • South Carolina: V
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (Mark Scatterday, conductor) – 18 October 2019
  • Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Boston) (Michael Mucci, conductor)– 18 December 2018
  • McGill University (Montreal, Que.) Wind Orchestra (Alain Cazes, conductor) – 2 November 2018
  • Colorado (Denver) Wind Ensemble (David Kish, conductor) – 7 April 2018
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Steven M. Knight, conductor) -29 November 2016
  • Lexington (Mass.) Bicentennial Band (Jeffrey Leonard, conductor) – 31 January 2016
  • California State University Symphonic Band (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 15 March 2012

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