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SACRED INSTRUMENTAL

All of the arrangements for brass ensembles of various sizes on this page were written for performance

by church brass groups that I now play in or have played in. The Hymn Tunes for Horn series was

likewise written for myself and friends to play in services. The string and woodwind ensembles

were transcribed from original brass ensembles of the same name.

They are all useful as preludes, offertories, special music, or postludes

for church services as well as concert and recital repertoire.

 

Most of these arrangements are titled with the name of the hymn tune rather than that of a familiar hymn which uses it. Hymn tunes usually have sometimes odd names that are not well-known except by church musicians, which are

fine for recitals, but if performed in a church service, the name of a season-appropriate hymn that uses the

tune should be substituted, as most people would recognize that more than the hymn tune name.

I have included the most familiar hymn titles sung to each tune.

Alternate voicings, where available, are accessed from the same link on J.W. Pepper.

Separate buttons access the alternate voicings on Sheet Music Plus.

All of the compositions and arrangements on this page include a link to a YouTube

video where you can preview the entire score while listening to a recording.

French Carols
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TWO FRENCH CAROLS

Two French Carols - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:10

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Grand Mesa Music  

Standard Brass Quintet                                                                                              PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE    

 

This seasonal arrangement begins with He is Born, moves to Sing We Now of Christmas, and then reprises the first carol. All three sections are played without pause or tempo changes. Originally written for a church brass group that I played with in Portland.

"Everyone gets a chance to play the melody in this expertly arranged quintet.  Through canon and polyphonic techniques, the composer has made a unique and fun arrangement for grade 4 brass quintet." (publisher's promo)

Gesu - MB
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GESU BAMBINO

Gesu Bambino - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:40

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Unaccompanied Duo for Mixed Brass                                                                 PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

This arrangement, for Bb Trumpet and Trombone or Euphonium, of a popular carol by Italian composer Pietro Yon, which actually quotes the refrain to Adeste Fidelis, was originally written as a duo for 2 horns, for the pastor of a church I once attended and me to play on Christmas Eve. The only horn player-pastor I ever met!

 

Separate parts are included to do away with an awkward page turn.

 

Also available for flute duo and clarinet duo

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Recording by brass section players from the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra

Released on Christmas album Dashing - Vol. 3 by Navona Records

Wintertime - Brass3
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IN THE MOON OF WINTERTIME

In the Moon of /wintertime - Brass Trio - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:45

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

Brass Trio                                                                                                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This is a contrapuntal but fairly easy setting of a French Canadian carol, scored for Bb trumpet, F horn, and trombone. Since this tune somewhat resembles God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, there are a couple of nods to that Olde English carol slipped in for fun.

Also available for Brass Quartet, String Trio, and Woodwind Trio

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Siciliano
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SICILIANO FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Siciliano for Christmas Eve - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:50

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear/O Holy Night | Brass Trio                           PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

A gentle tune with a siciliano rhythm pervades the contrapuntal texture of this trio—scored for trumpet, horn, and trombone—combining the familiar carols It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and O Holy Night. Written for a church brass trio that I am a member of to play on Christmas Eve, I later also adapted it for woodwind and string trios.

 

Also available for String Trio and Woodwind Trio

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Recording by brass section players from the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra

Released on Christmas album Dashing - Vol. 3 by Navona Records

Rose - Brass
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LO, HOW A ROSE E'RE BLOOMING

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:30

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

Brass Trio                                                                                                                      PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

A contrapuntal setting for brass trio—scored for trumpet, horn, and trombone—of the popular Christmas carol based on a 17th-century German madrigal by Michael Praetorius, this arrangement was written for a church brass trio that I am a member of to play on Christmas Eve. I later also adapted it for woodwind and string trios.

Also available for String Trio and Woodwind Trio

A duet voicing for F horn and euphonium is also available.

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Recording by brass section players from the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra

Released on Christmas album Dashing - Vol. 3 by Navona Records

Wintetime - Brass4
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IN THE MOON OF WINTERTIME

In the Moon of Wintertime - Brass Quartet - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:45

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

Brass Quartet                                                                                                         PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This is a contrapuntal but fairly easy setting of a French Canadian carol, scored for Bb trumpet, F horn, trombone, and tuba. Since this tune somewhat resembles God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, there are a couple of nods to that Olde English carol slipped in for fun.

Also available for Brass Trio, String Trio and Woodwind Trio

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Royal Davids City
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ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID'S CITY

Once in Royal David's City - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:35

Price: $10.00

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

Brass Sextet                                                                                                           PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This popular carol is set to the hymn tune Irby, penned in 1849 by English organist Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876). Since the beginning of the tune slightly resembles another even more popular carol, I have included a couple of nods to it in this setting for brass sextet (standard quintet plus a second trombone).

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Do You Hear
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DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

Do You Hear What I Hear - Regney/Shane - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:35

Price: $14.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music 

 Brass Choir                                                                                                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

Written in 1962 in response to the Cuban missile crisis, Do You Hear What I Hear has become one of our best-loved contemporary Christmas carols. This arrangement for brass choir is scored for 3 Bb trumpets, 2 F horns, 2 trombones, and tuba. It is equally suitable for church or concert performance.

Because of the copyright agreement that allows me to offer this arrangement, it is only available in the download edition from Sheet Music Plus.

Hyfrydol - Brass
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON HYFRYDOL

Chorale Prelude on Hyfrydol - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:40

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus | Brass Quintet or Sextet         

                                                                                                                  PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:   QUINTET  SEXTET

 

Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings. Hyfrydol is the name of the hymn tune used by the familiar carol Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, and this composition is useful for church and caroling brass ensembles during the Advent-Christmas season.

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Personent
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON PERSONENT HODIE

Chorale Prelude on Personent Hodie - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:45

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

On This Day Earth Shall Ring | Brass Quintet or Septet      

                                                                               PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:    QUINTET     SEPTET 

 

This composition for standard brass quintet or septet (quintet plus 2nd horn and trombone) is based on a medieval Christmas hymn which dates from the late 14th Century and probably had its origins in Germany. Personent Hodie was first published in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones in 1582. The Latin text has had many English translations over the centuries, but the one most commonly heard today is On This Day Earth Shall Ring by Jane M. Joseph (1894–1929). Also available scored for organ.

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Lancashire
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON LANCASHIRE

Chorale Prelude on Lancashire - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:40

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

The Day of Resurrection - Lead On, O King Eternal | Standard Brass Quintet  

                          

                                                                                                   PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE  


Written by Henry T. Smart in 1835, the hymn tune Lancashire is named for the part of England where it was first heard. This brass quintet is most useful for Easter services using the hymn title The Day of Resurrection. It can also be played during just about any church season using the other title most commonly associated with it Lead On, O King Eternal

Also available scored for organ

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Kingsfold
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON KINGSFOLD

Chorale Prelude on Kingsfold - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3+

Duration: 2:35

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say - To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord  | Standard Brass Quintet  

                          

                                                                                                   PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE 

 

Possibly dating from the Middle Ages, this English folk tune was first published with secular lyrics in English County Songs, an anthology compiled in 1893. It was first introduced as a hymn tune in The English Hymnal     of  1906 set to the words of Horatius Bonar’s I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say. It is also commonly sung to Louis Benson’s Christmas carol "O Sing a Song of Bethlehem" and Fred Pratt Green's Passion hymn To Mock Your Reign, O Dearest Lord. The tune is named for the English town of Kingsfold.

Also available scored for organ.

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Picardy - Brass
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON PICARDY

Chorale Prelude on Picardy - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:00

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence | Brass Quintet or Sextet       PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:   QUINTET  SEXTET


Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings. Picardy, a 17th-century French carol, is named for the French province where it is believed to have originated. The most popular modern hymn set to this tune by far is  Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. It is equally useful for the Season of Advent and Eucharist services, as that hymn is often sung for both occasions.

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CHORALE PRELUDE ON ELLACOMBE

Chorale Prelude on Ellacombe - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:50

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Ellacombe - Brass

Hosanna, Loud Hosanna | Standard Brass Quintet                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:  


Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is based on a well-known hymn-tune that is named

for a village in Devonshire, England, although the tune itself seems to be of German origin. The most popular modern hymn by far set to Ellacombe is the Palm Sunday hymn  Hosanna, Loud Hosanna. Other hymns sung to this tune include I Sing the Mighty Power of God, The Day of Resurrection, and Hail to the Lord's Anointed.

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St Theo
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON ST. THEODULPH

Chorale Prelude on St. Theodulph - Richard E brwn
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:45

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

All Glory, Laud, and Honor | Brass Septet                                                    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:  


The horn call near the beginning and recurring throughout this chorale prelude announces the triumphant arrival of the Master in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The source tune is named for St. Theodulph of Orléans (750 - 821) who wrote the original Latin words for the text that is now most commonly sung to it, the Palm Sunday hymn All Glory, Laud, and Honor. This chorale prelude for brass septet is scored for 2 Bb trumpets, F horn, 2 trombones, euphonium, and tuba. An alternate Baritone TC part is included for euphonium. Also available scored for organ.

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Regent Square - Brass
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON REGENT SQUARE

Chorale Prelude on Regent Square - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:40

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Angels from the Realms of Glory - Easter People Raise Your Voices | Brass Quintet or Sextet

                                                                                                                 PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:   QUINTET  SEXTET


Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings. It is equally useful for the Christmas and Easter seasons, as both the Christmas carol Angels from the Realms of Glory and Easter hymn Easter People, Raise Your Voices use this popular hymn tune.

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Leoni - Brass
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON LEONI

Chorale Prelude on Leoni - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:45

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Yigdal - The God of Abraham Praise | Brass Quintet or Sextet 

                                                                                  PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:   QUINTET  SEXTET


Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and

brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings. The hymn tune Leoni is based on the ancient Hebrew chant Yigdal. Among several modern hymns that are set to this tune, the best-known by far is The God of Abraham Praise.

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CHORALE PRELUDE ON TRURO

Grade: 4

Duration: 2:30

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Truro
Chorale Prelude on Truro - Richard E Brown
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Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates - Christ Is Alive | Brass Quintet or Septet

                                                                                                             PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:   QUINTET  SEPTET


This rousing setting of the hymn tune Truro is available in both standard brass quintet and brass septet (standard brass quintet plus a third trumpet and second trombone) voicings. It is equally useful for the Advent and Easter seasons, as both the Advent carol Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates and Easter hymn Christ Is Alive use this popular hymn .tune. Also available scored for organ

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Wondrous Love
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CHORALE PRELUDE ON WONDROUS LOVE

Chorale Prelude on Wondrous Love - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:00

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

What Wondrous Love is This | Brass Quintet or Sextet              PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE:   QUINTET  SEXTET


Adapted from my organ composition of the same name, this piece is available in both standard brass quintet and brass sextet (standard brass quintet plus a second trombone) voicings. WONDROUS LOVE is a Southern folk hymn that was first published in the hymn book The Southern Harmony in 1835. It has since appeared in about 60 hymnals, virtually all of which use the same 1811 anonymous text "What wondrous love is this."  The origins of this haunting Dorian mode
melody are somewhat obsure, but it probably originated in early 17th century England, having been sung to a variety of texts until becoming popular in 1701 as The Ballad of Captain Kidd.

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Dove
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DOVE OF PEACE

Dove of Peace - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:00

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

I Come with Joy | Standard Brass Quintet                                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This is a setting for brass quintet of an American folk melody that was originally known by the title Land of Rest. It first appeared as a hymn tune in William Walker's compilation Southern Harmony in 1835. It has been used to set many hymn texts over the years, including How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds, Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive, and O Tell Me Where the Dove has Flown. But today it is most commonly associated with Brian Wren's 1968 Eucharist text I Come with Joy.

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Thine Be the Glory
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 THINE BE THE GLORY

Thine Be the Glory - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:55

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Theme from Judas Maccabeus | Brass Septet                                                        PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This septet--scored for 3 Bb trumpets, F horn, 2 trombones, and tuba--is a setting of the hymn tune Judas Maccabeus, which is a derivation of the well-known theme from George Frideric Handel's oratorio of that name. The only hymn text that is commonly heard to this tune is the Easter hymn Thine Be the Glory, so it is most appropriate for Easter Sunday services, but can also be used in secular concerts under the title See, the Conquering Hero Comes. Also available scored for grade 3 concert band under that title.

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O Waly
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O WALY WALY

O Waly Waly - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:40

Price: $10.00 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

The Gift of Love | Brass Octet                                                                                 PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This octet for 4 Bb trumpets, F horn, 2 trombones, and tuba is based on a traditional English tune, the origins of which are uncertain, but is today best-known as the source tune for the popular hymn The Gift of Love, with words based on   I Cor. 13. 

Several other lesser-known hymns also use this tune, including An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare and When Love is Found. It is sometimes heard as an alternative tune for When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.

Few will recognize the somewhat odd title of this tune, and since song titles are not subject to copyright, it should be identified as  "The Gift of Love," when it is played in church services or on concerts.

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STRING EMSEMBLE

STRING ENSEMBLE

Wintertime - Str
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IN THE MOON OF WINTERTIME

In the Moon of Wintertime - String Trio - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:45

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

String Trio                                                                                                                     PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This is a contrapuntal but fairly easy setting of a French Canadian carol, scored for Violin, Viola, and Cello. Since this tune somewhat resembles God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, there are a couple of nods to that Olde English carol slipped in for fun.

 

Includes alternate 2nd violin part to substitute for viola.

Also available for Brass Trio, Brass Quartet,  and Woodwind Trio

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Siciliano - Str
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SICILIANO FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Siciliano for Christmas Eve - String Trio - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:30

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear/O Holy Night | String Trio                         PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A gentle tune with a siciliano rhythm pervades the contrapuntal texture of this trio combining the familiar carols It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and O Holy Night. Originally written for a church brass trio that I am a member of to play on Christmas Eve, I later also adapted it for woodwind and string trios. Scored for violin, viola, and cello.

 

Includes alternate 2nd violin part to substitute for viola.

Also available for Brass Trio and Woodwind Trio

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Rose - Str
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LO, HOW A ROSE E'RE BLOOMING

Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming -String Trio - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 2:30

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

String Trio                                                                                                                    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

A contrapuntal setting for string trio—scored for violin, viola, and cello—of the popular Christmas carol based on a 17th-century German madrigal by Michael Praetorius, this arrangement was originally written for a church brass trio that I am a member of to play on Christmas Eve. I later also adapted it for woodwind and string trios.

 

Alternate 2nd violin part included to substitute for viola. 

Also available for Brass Trio and Woodwind Trio

A duet voicing for F horn and euphonium is also available.

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WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
Woodwind Ensemble
Gesu - Flts
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GESU BAMBINO

Gesu Bambino - Flute Duo - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:30

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Unaccompanied Duo for Two Flutes                                                                    PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

This arrangement for 2 flutes of a popular carol by Italian composer Pietro Yon, which actually quotes the refrain to Adeste Fidelis, was originally written as a duo for 2 horns, for the pastor of a church I once attended and me to play on Christmas Eve. The only horn player-pastor I ever met!

 

Separate parts are included to do away with an awkward page turn.

Also available for clarinet duo and mixed brass duo

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Gesu - Clts
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GESU BAMBINO

Gesu Bambino - Clarinet Duo - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:30

Price: $4.95 

 

Publisher: Dacker Music         

Unaccompanied Duo for Two Clarinets                                                                PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

 

This arrangement for 2 clarinets (Bb or A) of a popular carol by Italian composer Pietro Yon, which actually quotes the refrain to Adeste Fidelis, was originally written as a duo for 2 horns, for the pastor of a church I once attended and me to play on Christmas Eve. The only horn player-pastor I ever met!

 

Separate parts are included to do away with an awkward page turn.

 

Also available for flute duo and mixed brass duo.

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Wintertie - WW
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IN THE MOON OF WINTERTIME

In the Moon of Wintertime - Woodwind Trio - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 3

Duration: 2:45

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music  

Woodwind Trio                                                                                                             PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE

This is a contrapuntal but fairly easy setting of a French Canadian carol, scored for Oboe, Bb Clarinet, and Bassoon. Since this tune somewhat resembles God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, there are a couple of nods to that Olde English carol slipped in for fun.

 

The oboe part may be played by flute and there is an alternate Bb tenor sax part included to substitute for bassoon.

Also available for Brass Trio, Brass Quartet, and String Trio

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Siciliao - WW
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SICILIANO FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Siciliano for Christmas Eve - Woodwind Trio - Richard E Brown
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Grade: 4

Duration: 3:30

Price: $4.95

 

Publisher: Dacker Music