It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Eddie Pola and George Wyle. Arranged by Mark Hayes. For Choral (SATB). Shawnee Press. Choral. 16 pages. Shawnee Press #A2173. Published by Shawnee Press (HL.35011272).
From the dynamic opening measures, this holiday classic calls its listeners to join in the magic of the yuletide. Mark Hayes has breathed new life into this old standard with an engaging jazz waltz feel, lush choral harmonies, creative countermelodies, and a sparkling orchestration. Melodies are traded back and forth between men and women and there is a “vocal jazz” section that will make any ensemble, show choir, or chorus shine. Although there are some divisi sections, much of the arrangement features accessible unison and two-or three-part writing. The piano part is especially fun to play.