PDF Download Only
Purchase. Print. Play.

  • Good King Wenceslas – Brass Quintet

    Good King Wenceslas is an unusual Christmas carol in that its text makes no mention of the Nativity. Instead, the carol recounts an act of beneficence which took place around St. Stephen’s Day (December 26th). This arrangement for brass quintet musically accompanies the procession of the sainted King and his page on their benevolent journey.

    The mp3 excerpt is performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:40 / 13 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F-Eb-F

    Score & Parts $21.00
    MP3 *Performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet $0.99
  • Il est né, le devin Enfant – Brass Quintet

    Il est né, le devin Enfant, a French Christmas carol, occupies an unusual position between the secular and the sacred. Suitably, this instrumental version can find a place on different types of programs. A joyous carol, the text of the chorus tells us to celebrate by playing oboes and sounding bagpipes.

    The mp3 excerpt is performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:40 / 13 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: C-Db

    Score & Parts $21.00
    MP3 *Performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet $0.99
  • In dulci jubilo – Brass Quintet

    In dulci jubilo is a traditional Christmas carol from the Middle Ages, first appearing in a manuscript dating from c.1400. It has been arranged by many composers, including Michael Praetorius in the 1600s, Buxtehude, Franz Liszt and Norman Dello Joio, to name just a few. An English translation from the original text that alternated Medieval German and Latin by J. M. Neale became known as Good Christian Men, Rejoice.

    Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a choral version (BWV 368), and a double canon (BWV 608) and chorale prelude (BWV 729) for organ. There is also a chorale prelude for organ based on a naive cradle-song version that was once used in the mystery plays held in churches at Christmas time. Although attributed to Bach, the cradle-song version (BWV 751) has never been authenticated.

    This arrangement includes two versions, playable as one piece or separately, and begins with the cradle-song style. The simplicity as well as the imitation in the tuba pedal is quite charming and rather unexpected when compared to Bach’s usual complexity. The second version is based on the chorale prelude for organ and is a traditional postlude for Christmas services.

    In the Complete Organ Works of Johann Sebastian Bach, edited by Edouard Nies-Berger and Dr. Albert Schweitzer, they state that the harmonizations of chorales were not usually written out as the figured bass was enough. These editors also assumed that Bach had a reason and suggest that he wrote them for his own satisfaction or, more likely, for use with his pupils in the course of instruction in thorough-bass playing.

    Composer: Anne McGinty
    Instrumentation: 2 BbTrumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:20 / 22 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F

    Score & Parts $25.00
  • Praetorius: Two Christmas Pieces – Brass Quintet

    Es Ist Ein Ros’ Entsprungen and Gespräch der Hirten zu Bethlehem (Colloquy of the Shepherds) are two pieces by Michael Praetorius, one well known and the other, less so. The original test of Gespräch, a retelling of Luke 2:15, juxtaposes the earthly and the divine using both German and Latin. This instrumental version for quartet or quintet (doubling the bass at the octave) evokes the sound of a Gabrieli Canzona.

    The mp3 excerpt is performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet. (Used with permission.)

    Composer: Mark Questad
    Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
    Duration/# of Pages: ca. 3:40 / 10 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
    Key: F

    Score & Parts $21.00
    MP3 *Performed by the Sine Nomine Brass Quintet (2nd piece only) $0.99