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Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony Mvt.III "Box of Delights" - symphonic wind

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By Victor Hely-Hutchinson

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Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Woodwind Quintet, Horn in F, Chamber winds, tentet, decet, dectet, symphonic winds, double wind quintet, clarinets in A - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. Arranged by Ray Thompson. 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Christian, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 22 pages. Published by RayThompsonMusic (S0.437137).

Item Number: S0.437137

Christian Victor Hely-Hutchinson (26 December 1901 – 11 March 1947) was a British composer.

He is best known for " A Carol Symphony"
It is based on four Christmas carols, given additional orchestration and counterpoint arrangements. The four movements are written to be played uninterrupted consecutively.
There are 4 movements:

  • The first movement (Allegro energico) is based on O Come All Ye Faithful. It is in the style of a Bach chorale prelude.
  • The second movement is a scherzo (Allegro molto moderato) on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, similar to the Russian Balakirevcompositions.
  • The third movement (Andante quasi lento e cantabile) is a slow movement whose outer sections are based on the Coventry Carol, with a central interlude on The First Nowell.
  • The finale (Allegro energico come prima) recapitulates material from the first movement, and also uses Here We Come A-Wassailingbefore concluding with a re-statement of O Come All Ye Faithful similar to a style of Charles Villiers Stanford in a fugal structure.
Two sections from the First Nowell section were used for the 1943 Children's Hour adaptation of John Masefield's The Box of Delights. The work was later used as the opening and closing titles of the 1984 BBC Television adaptation of the same novel.

This arrangement is an extract from the 3rd movement.

Arranged symphonic wind dectet (double wind quintet)
Arranged for Clarinets in A (alt. Bb parts provided).

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