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Second Suite for Military Band in F major

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Whereas other composers of the times wrote for the concert band as they would for an orchestra without strings, Gustav Holst created a unique sound intended to cast the concert band as a serious concert medium. Written in 1911 (two years after the First Suite for Military Band), this Suite opens with a March that combines a Morris dance with folk songs. The second movement features a lyrical tune which tells of lovers separated by their parents. This is followed by the Song of the Blacksmith, complete with a lively rhythm played on the blacksmith's anvil. The Suite concludes with the Dargason country dance and folk song entwined with the well-known Greensleeves melody. --James Huff 06:35, 21 July 2008 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)


Holst wrote the Second Suite in 1911, using English folk songs and folk dance tunes throughout. The opening March combines a Morris dance with folk songs, while the second movement features a lyrical tune which tells of lovers separated by their parents. This is followed by the Song of the Blacksmith, complete with a lively rhythm played on the blacksmith's anvil. The Suite concludes with the Dargason country dance and folk song entwined with the well-known Greensleeves melody.

Holst was well suited for his role as concert band composer, having played trombone in various groups for years. Whereas other composers wrote for the concert band as they would for an orchestra without strings, Holst created a unique sound intended to cast the concert band as a serious concert medium. --James Huff 06:07, 23 November 2008 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)

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