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The Sounds of Christmas Joy

By James Swearingen

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Concert band - Grade 3
Composed by James Swearingen. Holiday Treasures. Audio recording available separately (item CL.WFR337). Holiday. Score and set of parts. Composed 2002. Duration 2 minutes, 59 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.012-3236-00).

Item Number: CL.012-3236-00


Opening with a fanfare based on "Joy To The World" featuring prominent bells and chimes, Swearingen then seques into an expressive, "classical" setting of Beethoven's famous "Ode to Joy". After a tasty modulation into a new setting of "Ode to Joy" with modern harmonies and tone colors, the final section presents a traditional rendition of "Joy to the World". Concludes with a "classically" based presto! Exceptional!

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