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Dances from Morning of the Year (Holst)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 12:30
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 1996

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    Much of the thematic material for Holst's lovely Dances from the Morning of the Year is derived from the opening legato melodies provided by soli horns. The themes morph into several different dance feels throughout the remainder of the piece always keeping you guessing what will come next. Geoffrey Brand has done a masterful job of adapting the score for the modern concert band.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 12:30

    1st Flute
    2nd Flute
    1st Oboe
    2nd Oboe*
    Cor Anglais
    Eb Clarinet
    1st Bb Clarinet
    2nd Bb Clarinet
    3rd Bb Clarinet
    Eb Alto Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    1st Bassoon
    2nd Bassoon*
    1st Eb Alto Saxophone
    2nd Eb Alto Saxophone
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Eb Baritone Saxophone

    1st Bb Cornet
    2nd Bb Cornet
    3rd Bb Cornet
    1st Bb Trumpet
    2nd Bb Trumpet
    1st F Horn
    2nd F Horn
    3rd F Horn
    4th F Horn
    1st Trombone
    2nd Trombone
    3rd Trombone
    (TC Baritone)

    String Bass*

    Timpani/Side Drum
    Percussion (suspended cymbal, glockenspiel, tambourine, castanets, xylophone, tubular bells, triangle, crash cymbals, bass drum, opt. gong)

    Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Holst's original version of The Morning of the Year was written in 1926-27 as a choral ballet. It was the first work to be commissioned by the music department of the BBC. The first concert performance was on 17 March 1927 at the Royal Albert Hall, London conducted by the composer.

    In 1979 Colin Matthews and Imogen Holst edited this concert version with the approval of the publisher and G&I Holst Ltd. The chorus has been left out and several of the dances have been shortened. Some additional percussion was introduced to suggest the sounds the dancers would have provided in a stage performance.

    Geoffrey Brand arranged the work for concert band in 1995 with permission from G&I Holst Ltd

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