Christmas Music for Band and Strings 2016


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S947CBEdwin F. Goldman – Christmas March
Edited by R. Mark Rogers
Among Goldman’s many contributions to the band’s repertoire, his pastiche marches such as “Children’s March” and the “Christmas March” have been especially popular. Familiar seasonal tunes include Good King Wenceslas, Adeste Fideles, Jingle Bells, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, The First Noël, Deck the Halls and Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. An optional short coda reduces the playing time to approximately 4:00. A handsome full score and judicious rescoring of the upper woodwinds makes this an ideal alternative for community bands looking for new sounds in a classic, yet familiar style for their December programs. (Grade 4) Dur: 6:00
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Carols of ChristmasStuart Carlson – Carols of Christmas for String Quartet
These excellent and creative arrangements for intermediate to advanced ensembles truly sparkle with the holiday season!

Titles include:
1. Silent Night
2. The First Noel
3. Carol of the Bells
4. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis)
5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
6. O Holy Night
7. Deck the World with Joy and Bells (medley)

Stuart Ross Carlson is quickly establishing himself as a gifted composer and arranger. In addition, he has received numerous accolades as a violinist. His works have been performed across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Lauren Keiser Music Publishing introduced Mr. Carlson with our publication of his arrangement of the Bach D minor Toccata and Fugue for solo violin. Strings Magazine featured this publication with a full page rave review in October of 2014.(Grade 4) Dur: 26:00
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Now available – this new series for string orchestra captures the same Yuletide magic with settings geared toward the abilities of middle and high school ensembles. Most passages throughout are playable in first position and bowings are generously placed with an emphasis on musical phrasing and ensemble sound. Titles include:

Christmas SinfoniettaChristmas Sinfonietta
This original work was inspired by the feeling of waking up to a new Christmas morning. With the chiming of tubular bells and jingling of sleigh bells, this piece is a perfect addition to the time-honored favorites for your Holiday Concerts! (Grade 4) Dur: 4:00
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Deck the BellsDeck the Bells
As the title would suggest, “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells” are combined in this breezy and fun arrangement. However, rather than being a simple medley in this case, the tunes are playfully rearranged and juxtaposed in sections of counterpoint between full melody passages, adding a classical touch to these Christmas Favorites. (Grade 4) Dur: 3:00
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O Silent, Holy NightO Silent, Holy Night
After the lush opening bars, this medley opens with the whispered melody of Silent Night over pizzicato arpeggios and a leisurely shuffling bass. A seamless transition to 6/8 lifts us swiftly into the strains of “Oh Holy Night,” where the melody is passed among every voice, gradually building to a climax to the end, where the final bars of the arrangement return to the reverent silence of the opening. This piece is the perfect addition where that moment of repose in a holiday program is just the thing you’re looking for. (Grade 3) Dur: 3:00
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Hark the Herald Angels SingHark the Herald Angels Sing
If you are looking for a grand closer for your Christmas concerts, this short yet climactic arrangement fits the bill. Following the tutti opening, the main theme enters simply stated as a quartet with one player per part on the upper four voices. Players join as the initial theme builds to a transition and key change mid-piece, now in a broader fashion, it blooms into its grandiose conclusion. (Grade 3) Dur: 2:00
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Carol of the BellsCarol of the Bells
This intermediate arrangement blends a traditional approach to this holiday favorite with a popular twist somewhat reminiscent of the scores of Leroy Anderson. The melody is passed among all the sections as variety is breathed into the ostinato patterns with variations in texture, dynamics, rhythm, and the use of pizzicato. Care has been taken in the placement of bowings at key points and ensuring the parts are well balanced between variety and playability for the abilities of school and community orchestras. (Grade 4) Dur: 3:00
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The First NoelThe First Noel
At the opening elegantly understated, the treatment of this traditional carol then ebbs and surges again from one stanza to the next, employing articulation and dynamic contrast to propel the it to its stirring final phrases. This is a well-balanced and carefully marked traditional-style arrangement perfect for younger groups. (Grade 3) Dur: 3:00
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O Come All Ye FaithfulO Come All Ye Faithful
The straightforward scoring makes this arrangement very playable, while containing a few flourishes that will challenge and excite players as well as audiences. This piece is well suited for orchestras with limited rehearsal time and a stronger violin section. (Grade 3) Dur: 3:00
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