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Away in a Manger

By James R. Murray, William J. Kirkpatrick

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Brass Quintet
Composed by James R. Murray, William J. Kirkpatrick. Arranged by F. Leslie Smith. Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 22 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.85669).

Item Number: S0.85669

“Away in a Manger” is a Christmas standard. This arrangement honors that standing, that familiarity, and at the same time takes a fresh approach. It both flows along in a lively manner yet is also quiet and contemplative, as befits a musical description of the Nativity. It incorporates the two most common musical settings for this carol, James R. Murray’s “Mueller” and William J. Kirkpatrick’s “Cradle Song.” The introduction establishes a third theme, meditative in nature, which is repeated throughout and then re-stated at the end the piece.

This arrangement was completed in 2015, and performance time runs about 3 minutes, 21 seconds. The arranger, Les Smith, can be reached at For more arrangements by Les, direct your web browser to

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