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Second Suite in F


Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F was composed in 1911, two years after the first suite, and like his first suite it received its premiere many years later on 30th June 1922, at Royal Albert Hall in London and performed by band of The Military School of Music.

This is a new brass band arrangement that has a lighter texture to that made by Sydney Herbert.

The Suite uses English folk songs and folk dance tunes throughout. The opening march movement uses three tunes, a lively Morris Dance called  Glorishears , the folk song Swansea Town iand finally Cloudy Banks. The first two tunes are repeated to conclude the first movement. The second movement is a setting of I'll Love My Love , a sad story of a young maiden driven into Bedlam by grief over her lover being sent to sea by his parents to prevent their marriage. The Song of the Blacksmith  follows with a lively hammer rhythms and the score actually asks for a blacksmith's anvil. The final movement is a fantasia based on the 16th Century English country-dance, The Dargason , with the Elizabethan love-song Greensleeves intertwined. 

Item Code: TPBB-089
Duration: c. 12 minutes
Difficulty: 3rd Section and above

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