Tintinabulations - String by Katherine Wolf Punwar. For full orchestra. Grade 3. String set. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.O1057S).
Tintinabulations is a light novelty piece containing the stylistic variations from the familiar holiday song "Jingle Bells." The first portion of the piece goes back in time to the early 1800's and adopts the style of Gioacchino Rossini. This it seques to the elegance of waltz music from the days of the Strauss family. Progressing into the twentieth century, Jingle Bells becomes a jazzy delight featuring a special tuba solo. As the piece comes to a climatic ending, the familiar melody takes on the lively sound of Country-Western music. With bells in the background throughout most of the piece, the definition of tintinabulations comes to mind; the ringing sound of bells.