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Tuba & 12 – Mixed Large Ensemble
Tuba & 12 was inspired by a Bedouin proverb that states: “While the words are yet unspoken, you are master of them; when once they are spoken, they are master of you.”
Proverbs, in general, state a general piece of advice. This piece assumed that words were spoken, resulting in tension and an apology. Relationships, the first movement, has brass vs. woodwinds, tonality vs. dissonance, duples vs. triplets, et al. as well as the synergy and cooperation among all. Unspoken Words is the second movement and the dissonant opening theme in the piccolo and flute is presented three times. The third movement is Resolution. Over a constant low pedal G, the horn ostinato adds tranquility as all the themes from the first two movements return in fragmented form, before all is finally resolved.
Although tuba has top billing in the title, each instrument is equally important.
The sample score shows the first page of each of the three movements. The complete recording is available for free.
Composer: Anne McGinty
Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute, 2 Clarinets, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, 2 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones & Tuba
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 11:00 / 75 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – Flute Choir
This, the first Canadian Christmas carol, was originally written in the Huron
language using the melody of a 16th century French carol, Une Jeune
Pucelle. This arrangement is as expressive as the story it depicts and
the plaintive melody is elegantly scored and always full of promise.
The lyrics are:
Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead.
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wand’ring hunters heard the hymn:
Jesus your king is born, Jesus is born
In excelsis gloria!
The Ohio State University Flute Troupe, directed by Katherine Borst Jones, recorded this piece. The full version is available for your listening pleasure under Hear an Excerpt.
Composer: Anne McGinty
Instrumentation: 4 C Flutes, 2 Alto Flutes, Bass Flute & Contrabass Flute
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 5:00 / 16 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
Up On The Housetop – Flute Choir
Your plans for this year’s Christmas concert should definitely include Bill Reichenbach’s arrangement of Up On The Housetop for flute choir. This is such a fun chart that there should be an animated short to go along with it. Bill doesn’t land on just one housetop — Santa and his reindeer visit every house in the neighborhood.
Composer: Bill Reichenbach
Instrumentation: 6 Flutes, Alto Flute & Bass Flute
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:20 / 41 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
We Three Kings – Bassoon Quartet
We Three Kings was written in 1857 by John Henry Hopkins. He wrote the carol for a Christmas pageant in New York City. This carol is one of the world’s favorites and one of the most played. This upbeat arrangement will have your audience tapping their toes!
Composer: Steve Holtman
Instrumentation: Bassoon Quartet
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 2:30 / 14 pages, 8.5″ x 11″