500 Years of Christmas (Brass Ensemble)
By Anon (15thC), Robert Croo (16thC), Praetorius (16thC), Anon (14thC), James Pierpont (19thC), arranged by Dominic McGonigal
For Brass Ensemble (2018), 2'30" mins.
Instruments: 3 trumpets, 3 horns, 2 trombones, tuba
A medley of Christmas tunes from the 15thC to the 20thC, with a twist. Gaudete, Coventry Carol, Es Ist Ein Ros Ensprungen and Personent Hodie all appear in their original form, followed by a snippet of Jingle Bells in the style of that carol. The snippets will sound familiar to the audience but they probably won't recognise them until the Jingle Bells appears at the end in all its glory. The scoring uses different combinations of instruments to vary the voicing, with tunes in all the parts. I wrote it for my youth brass group and it's always a winner. It's easy to moderate, and suitable for any Christmas concert.
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