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CHRISTMAS BRASS QUARTETS
20 Family Brass Carols - Trad. arr. Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn and Trombone (with alternative parts 3 and 4)
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These traditional Christmas carols and songs were arranged for very junior standard players on parts 2 and 3, and the ranges of the outer parts are comfortable. The keys have been kept simple and they are in "singable" keys. The set of parts includes treble-clef Bb and bass-clef versions of parts 3 and 4.

Titles are: Away in a Manger - Jingle Bells - Silent Night - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - O Little Town of Bethlehem - Ding Dong Merrily on High - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - O Come! All Ye Faithful - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - See Amid the Winter's Snow - In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Holst) - The First Nowell - Once in Royal David's City - While Shepherds Watched - Angels from the Realms of Glory - As With Gladness Men of Old - Joy to the World - We Three Kings (of Orient) - Past Three O'clock - We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

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20 Family Brass Carols - March-Card format

If you are going out-and-about carol singing you might like to have these parts as March-cards. The parts are reduced to 14cm x 11cm ready to be cut to size for instrument lyres. You can then laminated the parts and/or bind them into booklets for ease of use. The score provided is not in march-card format. It is the same score as provided in the A4 sized set.

The sets of parts includes treble-clef Bb and bass-clef versions of parts 3 and 4

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CHRISTMAS BRASS QUINTETS
Belles at Christmas - Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba (and Jingles)
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Belles at Christmas might best be used as a little Christmas overture. It is a medley of three original Christmas carols and you will hear snippets of more familiar Christmas tunes from time to time. The Carols themselves are "Come and Hear the Christmas Story", "The Robin's Tale" and "Bethlehem Ride". The Belles in question are both Brass and Beautiful! (Alternative Brass Band parts are included in the set - Tenor Horn, Treble Clef Bb Trombone and EEb Bass)

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Blake's Cradle Song - Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba
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Based on a Christmas Carol using the words from William Blake's Poem "Sweet Dreams", this transcription requires great flexibility and sensitivity and is very effective when played by a (suitably sensitive) brass quintet.

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O Come! All Ye Faithful, with Fanfare and Descant - Trad. arr. Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba (optional percussion)
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This version includes a Fanfare which may be played either as an introduction or as an interlude before the final verse, and 4 different harmonised verses including an original descant. Optional Timpani and Cymbals parts are included. The MP3 file includes two version, the first without the optional percussion and the second with. (Search out "Brethren Brass" on the web for a stylish rendering of the fanfare)

Also available for Orchestral Brass and for Wind Band

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing, with Fanfare and Descant - Mendelssohn arr. Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba (optional percussion)
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This version includes a Fanfare which may be played either as an introduction or as an interlude before the final verse. The first two verses may be sung with the traditional Mendelssohn harmonies, and the final verse sung in unison with a new descant. Optional Timpani and Cymbals parts are included.

This is also available for Orchestral Brass and for Wind Band

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Huron Carol - Canadian Traditional arr. Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba
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The Huron Carol has one of the most beautiful and simple melodies I know. The resulting arrangement has a slightly "rocky" feel and is not an accompaniment for choir, just incidental music for the season. This is an extensive reworking of my original arrangement for saxophones.

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The Shepherds' Farewell (instrumental) - Berlioz arr. Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba
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The Shepherds' Farewell (L'adieu des bergers) from L'Enfance du Christ has become a standard for choirs at Christmas. This version has been written as an instrumental performed without a choir. The key has been changed to enable more variety in the scoring for brass. If you like a version for performance WITH a choir, see below.

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The Shepherds' Farewell (with choir) - Berlioz arr. Alun Cook
2 Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba
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The Shepherds' Farewell (L'adieu des bergers) from L'Enfance du Christ has become a standard for choirs at Christmas. This version has been written for performing as accompaniment to a choir. The key is a semitone lower than the original to save the trumpets from playing in F# major. If you would like a better version for performing as an instrumental without a choir, see the version above.

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A Christmas Message - Brass Quintet accompaniment - Alun Cook
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This is an instrumental accompaniment for the carol "A Christmas Message" for 3 part choir. The Carol is available FREE elsewhere on this site. This accompaniment is for Brass Quintet. There are alternative accompaniments available for a mixed wind/brass quintet and for orchestra.

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Bethlehem Ride (Choir accompaniment) - Alun Cook
SATB or smaller choir with Brass Quintet accompaniment
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This original Christmas Carol with brass quintet accompaniment is for SATB choir but can also be sung by much smaller forces. (SA or even just the melody line). The carol incorporates a familiar counter-melody sung by the male voices (or covered by the brass). The score is free and choir and instrumental parts are for sale here.

There are also other versions available with piano accompaniment and also with a Trombone obbligato part (see under Carols). Although this version was conceived as an accompaniment it works well as a stand-alone piece without the choir. A section is also included in the instrumental medley Belles at Christmas found higher up on this page.

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Come and Hear the Christmas Story (Choir accompaniment) - Alun Cook
SATB choir with Brass Quintet accompaniment
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An original Christmas Carol for SATB choir with brass quintet accompaniment. The score is free and choir and instrumental parts are for sale here. The carol is also available with piano accompaniment (see Carols) and an instrumental version can be heard in a brass quintet medley of carols called "Belles at Christmas" (see above).

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10 PIECE BRASS AT CHRISTMAS TOP
Christmas on The Downs - Alun Cook
4 Trumpets, French Horn, 4 Trombone and Tuba
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This medley takes four traditional carols and adds a little modern Christmas spice. "I Saw Three Ships", The Sussex Mummers' Carol, The Sussex Carol ("On Christmas Night all Christians Sing") and "Wassail" all have ancient roots and are presented here in a modern context. The parts are not exceptionally hard although 1st Trumpet and Trombone are quite high (Trumpet 4 also has a solo role).

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For Unto Us a Child is Born - Handel arr. Alun Cook
4 Trumpets, French Horn, 4 Trombone, Tuba and Timpani
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Taken from Handel's "Messiah" and often performed at Christmas, this glorious piece shows of the sparkling virtuosity of the performers. Strong players are needed, especially on Horn and Trombone 1 (doubling the horn part is quite acceptable). This is a showpiece and not an accompaniment for a choir.

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O Come! All Ye Faithful, with Fanfare and Descant - Alun Cook
4 Trumpets, French Horn, 4 Trombone, Tuba with optional Timpani and Cymbals.
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This version includes an original Fanfare and Descant and harmonisation for all verses. The Fanfare may be played as an introduction or as an interlude before the final verse (there is an alternative introduction in this case). Scored for the established 10 piece brass line-up, timpani and cymbals parts are included although not essential. Versions for Wind Band, Brass Quintet and Orchestral Brass are also available but the harmonies differ so do not mix the parts.

There is also a version in Concert F (a tone lower). Although not the traditional key for the Choir it is less of a strech for the brass (especially Horn and Trombone 1).

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ORCHESTRAL BRASS AT CHRISTMAS TOP
O Come! All Ye Faithful, with Fanfare and Descant - Alun Cook
3 Trumpets, 4 Horns (although 2 will do), 3 Trombones and Tuba, with optional Euphonium and Percussion.
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This version includes an original Fanfare and Descant and harmonisation for all verses. The Fanfare may be played as an introduction or as an interlude before the final verse (there is an alternative introduction in this case). Scored for 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns (although 2 will do) 3 Trombones, Tuba and optional Euphonium. Timpani and Cymbals parts are included although not essential. Versions for Wind Band and Brass Quintet are also available but the harmonies differ so do not mix the parts.

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, with Fanfare and Descant - Mendelssohn/Alun Cook
3 Trumpets, 4 Horns (although 2 will do), 3 Trombones and Tuba, with optional Euphonium and Percussion.
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This version includes a Fanfare and new descant. Verses 1 and 2 may be sung in traditional (Mendelssohn's) four part harmony. These harmonies will fit even though the brass parts are developed. The final verse should be sung in unison with the optional descant part (provided). The Fanfare may be played at the start of the piece, or before the final verse, in which case use the last 2 bars of verse 1 as an introduction. Scored for 3 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba and Percussion, the percussion parts are entirely optional, just written for percussionists who are desperate to join in. The Euphonium part is optional, as are the 3rd and 4th Horn parts, although it would be sad to lose the Horns! This arrangement may also be played as an instrumental without choir. Versions for Wind Band and Brass Quintet are also available but the harmonies differ so do not mix the parts.

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