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Brass Quintet Christmas
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Handel/Marlatt-The Trumpet Shall Sound from Messiah (ENP-BQ27284) 2.1.1.0.1 & Voice

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. This aria from the most famous Christmas piece has been arranged for baritone (voice) and brass quintet. It has been transposed from the original key of D down to B-flat at the request of a brass quintet performing this work at the funeral of the famous American tubist Tommy Johnson. The baritone part was sung by Mr. Johnson's son. The trumpet part remains true to the original while the other trumpet part performs the violin line. 

Praetorius/Silver-To Us Is Born Emanuel (CBS-106) 2.1.1.0.1.

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Trad./Marlatt-I Saw Three Ships (ENP-BQ25193) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium. The tuba has the chance at some melody in this arrangement with the other voices accompanying. The trumpets and horn/trombone also have some nice exchanges between them.

Trad./Marlatt-Joy to the World (ENP-BQ21113) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium. This arrangement is fairly standard in its opening and proceeds through the verse and chorus with the instruments pairing up in duets. The trumpets play fanfare passages against the melody in the mid voices.

Trad./Marlatt-O Come, O Come Emanuel (ENP-BQ22129) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium.

Trad./Marlatt-Pat-a-Pan (ENP-BQ21114) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium. This arrangement is set in a round beginning with the first trumpet and pyramiding down to the trombone. The percussive "drone" parts add a distinct colour to this piece and this sort of writing works well with combinations of brass instruments.

Trad./Marlatt-Riu, Riu, Chiu (ENP-BQ27281) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. This is a lesser known spanish carol dating from around 1550. It is rhythmic and colorful with melody in several voices. The opening is a call and response between the trombone and the remainder of the group. There are some sections with some multiple tonguing, but the piece is not too difficult for a group to put together and be enjoyed by audiences.

Trad./Marlatt-Still, Still, Still (ENP-BQ27282) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. This peaceful carol is beautiful in its simplicity and elegance. Melody is found in all voices and some interplay between the pair of trumpets and horn/trombone rounds out a good arrangement.

Trad./Marlatt-We Three Kings (ENP-BQ21118) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Easy-Medium.

Trad./Parcel-O Come, All Ye Faithful (ENP-BQ27283) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. It begins with no introduction, just as we are used to hearing carols sung at gatherings or on street corners. Twice more it is repeated in chorale form, ending with majestic style.

Trad./Smallman-What Child Is This (ENP-BQ21116) 2.1.1.0.1 & Organ

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Rating: Medium-Difficult. The organ plays a wandering accompaniment and break strains between the verses of the melody. The tune is found in several different voices of the quintet including a double at the octave between the horn and tuba creating an exciting colour.

Trad./Watson-Little Drummer Boy (ENP-BQ21123) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium. This arrangement is in a calypso style.

Various/Ramm-Bethlehem Carol Medley (AW-Aa69BQ) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating:Medium. The medley consisits of the following 4 melodies: O Little Town of Bethlehem, Twas in the Moon of Wintertide, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light and In Bethlehem a Babe Was Born.  Trumpet 1 makes use of a piccolo and trumpet 2 uses flugel horn.

Yon/Marlatt-Gesu Bambino (ENP-BQ25197) 2.1.1.0.1

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Rating: Medium. This beautiful and flowing Christmas carol was written by Pietro Yon. The melody is found mainly between the Horn and Flugel horn with the rest of the ensemble supporting with rhythmic figures. Slight variations are added as each verse is played.

Luther/Warren-Away In A Manger (CM-859) 2.1.1.0.1.

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Trad./Jameson-This Child Is The Baby Jesus (CM-741) 2.1.1.0.1

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Bach/Madeson-Jauchzet Gott In Allen Landen (CM-726) 2.1.1.0.1

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Bach/AlleGloria In Excelsis Deo (BB-BQ060301) 2.1.1.0.1

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From "The Magnificat" BWV 243.