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Fantasia on a Christmas Carol (based on O Come, All Ye Faithful)

By Erik Morales

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Concert band - Level 2.5
Composed by Erik Morales. Young Band. FJH Young Band. Full set (score and parts). Score only also available: B1314S. Christmas. Score and set of parts. Duration 4 minutes, 10 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1314).

Item Number: FJ.B1314

Fantasia on a Christmas Carol is based on the ever popular carol O Come, All Ye Faithful, but it also employs Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze melodies from Cantata BMV 208. The idea for this work came as I was on my way to do a little Christmas shopping. The classical music station was playing a beautiful version of Sheep May Safely Graze, with a chamber ensemble of guitars, woodwinds, and stings. Being in the Christmas spirit, I couldn't help but think how similar the chords were to O Come, All Ye Faithful. In my mind, I could hear the Christmas carol in Bach's masterpiece. And so the idea for this work was born.

About FJH Young Band

Appropriate for middle school and smaller high school groups. Second clarinets usually stay below the break. Parts are written with more independence, and instrumentation increases slightly. There is still adequate doubling in the lower voices. Grades 2 - 2.5

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