Second Suite in F: IV. Fantasia on the “Dargason” (5-6 octaves handbells)


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IV. FANTASIA ON THE “DARGASON” (FROM THE SECOND SUITE IN F) – Gustav Holst/trans. Scott Pfitzinger – 5-6 octaves handbells with optional 5 octaves handchimes – Level V

The ‘Dargason’ is an English folk tune that goes back to the 16th century. The tune is carried continually in one voice or another throughout this entire fantasia, despite all the variations in treatment that occur. With Greensleeves (What Child Is This?) interspersed throughout, this makes a great Christmas selection, as well. A fitting conclusion to a wonderful suite!

One of Gustav Holst’s most famous compositions, the Second Suite in F for Military Band is a staple of college and high school symphonic bands. This transcription carefully re-creates the sounds, colors, textures, and moods of the original using only bells and optional chimes, with no other instruments. Each movement is a gem, and together they are a real treasure, sure to please any audience.





Handbell Choir: Octaves

Handbell Choir: Difficulty

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