JOURNEY OF THE MAGI ("We Three Kings") - young concert band, easy - score, parts & license to copy)
by Traditional
Concert Band - Digital Sheet Music

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Composed by Traditional. Arranged by Brian Harris. Christmas,Holiday,Instructional,Sacred,Traditional. 34 pages. HMS Music #1012229. Published by HMS Music (A0.1431754).


JOURNEY OF THE MAGI is a tasteful, restrained, and plaintive arrangement of We Three Kings in A-A-B form. Simple harmonization, limited ranges, and basic rhythms ensure success and enjoyment for both the musicians and the audience.The work creates a musical picture of a slow-moving camel caravan crossing a desert. This is a work you will continue to use for years to come. And with the license to copy all the parts you ever need, you can let the students keep their parts as souvenirs and just print new ones the next time!

LEVEL: Appropriate for 2nd-/3rd-year players or advanced beginners. (BcP-YB)
Winter/Christmas concert
Moderately slow tempo provides nice contrast with faster works.
Melody distributed through all wind parts.
Simple but effective percussion parts.
Programmatic nature of the work allows students to begin learning expressiveness.
Dynamics (long crescendo and decrescendo challenges young players to support the tone and intonation)
Legato playing
Solos (Two solos, each consisting of 2 quarter-notes, are optionally doubled with other instruments)
Multi-percussion playing
KEY and RANGES: C minor and E-flat major
Standard "1st-year" ranges: Flute to B-flat above staff; Clarinets remain below break; Trumpet to third-space C; Horn from 2nd-line G to low G; Trombone to B-flat on top of staff; Tuba to C below staff. Clarinet is divided into separate 1st and 2nd parts; all others (except percussion) are undivided.
Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Bass Line*, and 3 Percussion (easy rhythms)
  *At least one of the following: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, or Tuba
PERCUSSION: Utilizes three separate multi-percussion set-ups:
Percussion 1 = Bells, Finger Cymbals, Tom-tom
Percussion 2 = Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal 1, Bass Drum
Percussion 3 = Triangle, Suspended Cymbal 2, Bass Drum (can share same bass drum with Perc. 2).
These percussion parts are simple, using only quarter-, half-, and dotted-half notes (slow eighth-notes in the Tambourine), and provide the rhythmic ostinato upon which the work progresses. The parts can easily be divided to provide playing opportunities for up to 8 percussionists. Or use three sets of finger cymbals (sounds even better) and accommodate up to 10 players!

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COMPOSER/ARRANGER: Now retired, Brian Harris holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University and was a public school and college band director for over 30 years. 


Click here to view other Winter / Christmas Concert works from Publications:

Joy to the King (for beginners; super easy)
Jingle Those Bells! (for beginners; super easy with flexible advanced parts)
HouseTop March (easy; for advanced beginners or 2nd-year players)
Ukrainian Bell Carol (for advanced beginners or 2nd-year players)
Tidings of Joy (for advanced beginners or 2nd-year players)
Journey of the Magi (for 2nd- or 3rd-year players)

Also, please consider Latin Lullaby for your Spring Concert (for beginners)


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