Pro Tips for Band Directors:
Exploring the Masterworks


2. Gustav Holst
Second Suite in F 


Dr. Chad R Nicholson’s in-depth exploration of the band masterworks continues with Holst’s Second Suit in F. Unlike his First Suite in E-flat, which used “invented” folk songs, all of the songs in the Second Suite are authentic English song, some dating as far back as the 16th century. In this course, Dr. Nicholson serves as your tour guide through the music and its meanings, providing helpful conducting and rehearsal tis along the way. From the relentless reels to the clanging of the blacksmith’s hammer, no musical stone will be left unturned!

Course Outline

Session One: Introduction

  • Outline and Background
  • General Score Study

Session Two: Movement 1 "March"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies

Session Three: Movement 2 "Song without words 'I'll love my Love'"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies

Session Four: Movement 3 "Song of the Blacksmith"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal Strategies

Session Five: Movement 4 "Fantasia on the 'Dargason'"

  • Score Study
  • Conducting & Rehearsal 



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Pro Tips for Band Directors: Exploring the Masterworks looks into five different works that are standards in the wind band repertoire. Each course discusses one work and what makes that work important, then talks about ways to bring the musical expressiveness in that piece out of your students. 

Full Pro Tips for Band Directors Series


Includes 5 full stand-alone video courses

  1. Gustav Holst, First Suite in E-flat
  2. Gustav Holst, Suite No. 2 in F

  3. Ralph Vaughan Williams, English Folk Song Suite

  4. Percy Grainger, Colonial Song

  5. Norman Dello Joio, Scenes from "The Louvre"