The Jig from St. Paul's Suite is an exuberant dance originating from Scottish and Irish folk music in alternating duple and triple time (mostly 6/8 and 9/8), sometimes called Gigue. Geoffrey Brand adapted the original orchestra version for wind band quite beautifully. The clear counterpoint with clever changes of meter and rhythmical emphasis offers an intriguing insight into Holst's sound-world.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard Level: 4 | Duration: 3:40
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 Euphonium (TC Baritone) Tuba
Parts marked with an asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intention to be had.
Program Notes In 1911 Gustav Holst took over responsibility for the St. Paul's Girls' School Orchestra in London, which, according to his biographer Michael Short at that time consisted of a few violins, viola, cello and double-bass "to which a tambourine, two toy drums and some tin whistles were sometimes added."
In the same tradition as Purcell and Haydn, Holst decided to write for this school orchestra and he began the four-movement St. Paul's Suite for Strings in 1912, the Finale of which is a transcription of the fourth movement of the Suite No. 2 for Military Band. Geoffrey Brand conceived the idea of arranging this Jig - the first movement of St. Paul's Suite - for concert band.
It fits the medium beautifully. The clear counterpoint with clever changes of meter and rhythmical emphasis offers an intriguing insight into Holst's sound-world.