Music for Brass Band Duration: 2:00 MinutesPercussion: 4 PlayersTimpani, Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal and Sleigh BellsAll Rights ReservedProgramme NotesLittle is known of the origins of this carol; it appears in none of the historic collections. It is however thought to originally be a folk song attributed to the ‘West Country’. This link to the West Country is based on the carol’s reference to ‘figgy pudding’ a localised, seasonal dish containing raisins or plums, somewhat like the traditional Christmas Pudding. The greeting ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ is typical of the practice of ‘Wassailing’; going door to door to sing, dance and offer seasonal greetings in the hope of receiving food and drink in return.
Music for Brass Band Duration: 5:00 MinutesPercussion: 3 PlayersDrum Kit, Sleigh Bells and XylophoneAll Rights ReservedProgramme NotesThis Carol is of Cornish origin. It was first published in ‘Carols Ancient and Modern’ (1823) and ‘Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833). Today the carol is usually presented in the version by John Stainer. My arrangement seeks to mimic that of an early west country folk band, perhaps enjoying an appearance in a Thomas Hardy novel or two!
This entertaining work highlights the cornet and trombone sections. Several dances of American origin are presented by the soloists, supported by band accompaniment. Following a short introduction a country and western passage takes us to the far West and the home of the cowboys. The second part, a blues section, opens with a terrific trombone cadenza. The final jazz based passage is rather acrobatic in style and ends with a fantastic percussion improvisation.Estimated delivery 10-14 days
The sisters Ruth, Anita and June Pointer from West Oakland in California learned how to sing in the sixties in church where their father was a minister. At the beginning of the 1970s they entered the music business, where they proved to have a mastery of many styles - including rhythm & blues, jazz, and country. However, the Pointer Sisters acquired international fame at the beginning of the eighties with their soul-like pop music. A great hit was the up-tempo number I'm So Excited, which is still a success on every dance floor. This sparkling arrangement by Peter Kleine Schaars certainly provides the excitement that is suggested in the title.Estimated delivery 10-14 days