God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Brass Quintet
Beginning simply with solo tuba, the trombone then takes the melody and the tuba adds a chromatic bass line setting the mood of this well known carol. A brief canon leads to the middle section, brighter in tempo, and using fragments of the carol. And then, a rollicking 3/4 version (in one) with the carol joyous and unexpectedly Lydian.
Christmas is a celebration of joy and exuberance and this clever arrangement will absolutely delight your audience.
Thanks to the Vista Brass Quintet for recording this piece. My gift to you is the complete recording. Please note that it is under the Hear an Excerpt as there is no charge.
The Vista Brass Quintet performers:
Emily Lawyer, Tim Winfield – Trumpet
Anne Marie Cherry – Horn
Charles Lilly – Trombone
Todd Eames – Bass Trombone
Composer: Anne McGinty
Instrumentation: 2 Bb Trumpets, F Horn, Trombone & Tuba
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 4:00 / 21 pages, 8.5″ x 11″