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Holst for Band: A Repertoire List

The music of Gustav Holst has always been a favourite amongst band conductors. Now there are a great more works by Holst available for band, at all levels of difficulty. A special mention goes to the arrangements of the First and Second Suites at the easier levels, so all students can now experience these masterpieces for wind band.

Non-Exhaustive
The following list is by no means exhaustive. New arrangements are being written all the time and there are smaller, boutique publishers popping up around the world. It is very difficult to keep up with every new arrangement on the market.
Subjective
Any discussion of repertoire is always going to be subjective. What appeals to one won’t necessarily appeal to another.
Curated
All the lists of repertoire I recommend are curated. There are no pop songs, show tunes or film scores. There are also (generally) no medleys, even if they are of works by Beethoven or Bach. Although the arranger’s intention is to present more than one work to the students as an educational aim, medleys fail the composer by changing the impression his work was supposed to have, often turning three aesthetic compositions into an entertainment spectacle (medleys also often have stupid titles.) Any arrangement that changes the style intended by the composer is also left out. Arrangements that have the words ‘Rock’ or ‘Boogie’ in the title should be burned.

Tips for conductors

There are plenty of YouTube videos available of good conductors doing the First and Second Suites, such as this one of H. Robert Reynolds conducting the Baylor University Wind Ensemble.

This video of Leonard Bernstein, from his Young People’s Concerts, has many ideas for discussing The Planets with students.

Riccardo Muti

Eugene Ormandy

Standard Repertoire

Level 1

Title

Arranger

Publisher

Duration

Jupiter from the Planetsarr. Robert W. Smith & Michael StoryAlfred/Belwin2:07
March from First Suite for Military Bandarr. StoryAlfred/Belwin1:51
Jupiter (from The Planets)arr. Aric BranchfieldLudwig-Masters Publications2:51
Chorale from Jupiterarr. MurthaHal Leonard 1:50
In the Bleak Midwinterarr. Susan L. Smith & Robert W. SmithRWS Music Company2:54
Personent HodieTraditional arr. Gustav Holst & Michael BrandG & M Brand International Music

Level 2

Title

Arranger

Publisher

Duration

Recording

Hampshire Marcharr. Douglas E. WagnerAlfred/Belwin2:07
In the Bleak Midwinterarr. BullockAlfred2:48
Song Without Wordsarr. StoryAlfred2:25
Mars arr. VinsonHal Leonard 2:13
The Song of the Blacksmith (Second Suite in F, 3rd movt) arr. LoestFJH Music Company Inc 1:27
Jupiter (From The Planets) arr. Mark Williams Alfred 2:15
Fantasia on the Dargason arr. Story Alfred 2:55
The Planets (Themes from) arr. Wagner Alfred/Belwin 3:50
Chorale from Jupiter arr. Curnow Hal Leonard
Marching Song arr. Moss Hal Leonard 3:43
In the Bleak Midwinter arr. Sparke Dehaske
Jupiter (from The Planets) arr. Feldstein & Clark Playintime Publishing 1:47
In the Bleak Midwinter Harbinson Alfred2:22
In the Bleak Midwinterarr. James CurnowCurnow Music Press3:05
Moorside March (Themes) Curnow Hal Leonard

Level 3

Title

Arranger

Publisher

Duration

Recording

Three Folk Tunesarr. WagnerAlfred/Belwin2:54
In the Bleak Midwinterarr. SmithAlfred4:12
First Suite in E-Flat Themes (Themes)arr. SweeneyHal Leonard4:59
Mars (from The Planets, Flex Band)arr. VinsonHal Leonard
Illumination arr. Gene MilfordDaehn Publications 4:16
Suite from the Planetsarr. Custer Hal Leonard
Intermezzo from First Suite in E-flat (Build-a-Band)arr. Scott Stanton CL Barnhouse 3:01
March from Suite in Eb (Third movt – Build-A-Band) arr. Scott Stanton CL Barnhouse 3:06
Marsarr. Michael Story Alfred 3:16
Mars (from The Planets) arr. Bocook Hal Leonard 3:21
First Suite in E-Flat (Young Edition)arr. Robert LongfieldBoosey & Hawkes10:39
Songs from the Second Suite (Build-A-Band) arr. Stanton CL Barnhouse 3:41
Morris Dance Tunes arr. Wagner Alfred/Belwin 2:45
Two Songs Without Words arr. Frank Erickson Mary Erickson
Three Folk Tunes arr. Curnow Hal Leonard
Christmas Day arr. Douglas McLain Baton Music
Songs of the West arr. Curnow Hal Leonard
Moorside March arr. Curnow Hal Leonard
Mars arr. Balent Carl Fischer
March from a Moorside Suite arr. G Brand C Alan/McClaren Productions
Jupiter-Themes arr. Andrew Balent Carl Fischer
I Vow to Thee My Country arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams G. Schirmer

Level 4

Title

Arranger

Publisher

Duration

Recording

Mars (from The Planets)arr. OwensFJH Music4:55
Jupiter (from The Planets)arr. OwensFJH Music3:02
Jupiter (from The Planets)arr. CurnowHal Leonard
Fantasia on the Dargason (Build-A-Band)arr. Scott StantonCL Barnhouse2:27
March from Second Suite (Build-A-Band)arr. Scott StantonCL Barnhouse2:57
Chaconne (Build-A-Band) arr. Scott Stanton CL Barnhouse 4:19
Hymns from the Rig Vedaarr. Jon MitchellBoosey & Hawkes
Marching Songarr. Timothy ReynishNovello3:30
Second Suite in Fadapt. Robert LongfieldBoosey & Hawkes4:45
Old Brenton Carol arr. Smith Alfred 1:56
Christmas Dayarr. Larry DaehnDaehn Publications5:50
Christmas Day arr. John Winkelman John Winkelman
Christmas Day arr. Rhoads Heritage Music Press
Christmas Day arr. van Beringen Dehaske
Christmas Day arr. Myers Lake State Publications
Uranus arr. Curnow Hal Leonard
Jig from Saint Pauls Suite arr. G Brand G & M Brand
I Love My Love arr. K Singleton Grand Mesa Music 5:17
Somerset Rhapsody arr. Clare Grundman Boosey & Hawkes
Moorside March arr. Ayatey Shabazz Devmusic Company

Level 5

Title

Arranger

Publisher

Duration

Recording

First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, op. 28, no. 1ed. Colin MatthewsBoosey & Hawkes10:42
First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, op. 28, no. 1ed. Frederick FennellLudwig-Masters Publications9:19
Second Suite in F for Military Band, op. 28, no. 2ed. Colin MatthewsBoosey & Hawkes12:12
Second Suite in F for Military Band, op. 28, no. 2ed. Frederick FennellLudwig-Masters Publications11:31
Moorside Suitearr. Denis WrightG & M Brand15:40
Brook Green Suitetrans. James CurnowG. Schirmer6:53
Moorside March (from A Moorside Suite)trans. Gordon JacobBoosey & Hawkes4:29
Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo, op. 52, H. 178Boosey & Hawkes14:30
Mars the Bringer of War (from The Planets)trans. Clark McAlister, ed. Alfred ReedMasters Music8:00
Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity (from The Planets)trans. Clark McAlister, ed. Alfred ReedMasters Music8:00
Hymn to the Waters (from Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda)arr. SmithAlfred
Mars The Bringer of War (from The Planets)arr. Chuck SayreG. Schirmer
Japanese Suitearr. John BoydLudwig-Masters Publications
Fugal Concerto, op. 40, no. 2arr. Geoffrey BrandG & M Brand8:05
Dances from The Morning of the Year arr. Brand G & M Brand
Three Folk TunesHal Leonard

Level 6

Title

Arranger

Publisher

Duration

Recording

First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, op. 28, no. 1ed. John NeumannJ. Neumann & Co.10:44
Second Suite in F for Military Band, op. 28, no. 2ed. John NeumannJ. Neumann & Co.11:29
Jupiter (from The Planets) arr. Unknown Boosey & Hawkes
Mars (from The Planets) arr. Unknown Boosey & Hawkes
Fugue a La Gigue JS Bach arr. G Holst, ed. Mitchell Boosey & Hawkes 2:56
Dance of the Spirits of Fire arr. Harpham Novello

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