Songs of the West

From Wind Repertory Project
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst (arr. James Curnow)

This work bears the designation Opus 21, No. 1.

General Info

Year: 1907 / 1986
Duration: c. 11:15
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts - $130.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV. including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Songs of the West was written in 1901 after Holst took an interest in folk music, and was the first of his pieces to be founded on folk songs. It was created from a collection of folk songs gathered from the west of England and was a companion piece to A Somerset Rhapsody. Songs of the West differs in styles, keys, and tempos, and the nautical nature of the coastal region is evident in many of the melodies.

In 1986, composer James Curnow was commissioned to write an arrangement for band of the piece, since it was originally written for orchestra.

- Program Note from Texas A&M University Symphonic Winds concert program, 24 November 2019

Songs of the West is a companion piece to A Somerset Rhapsody. The pair -- Opus 21 No. 1 and 2 respectively -- were written in 1906/1907 and based on folk tunes collected in the west of England by Cecil Sharp and Baring Gould.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


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  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: A-K. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 156. Print.
  • Holst, G.; Curnow, J. (1986). Songs of the West [score]. R. Smith: Aylesbury, Bucks, England.
  • Perusal score