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JOURNEY OF THE MAGI (young concert band, medium easy - score, parts & license to copy, winter concert)

By Brian Harris

Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Arranged by Brian Harris. Christian, Sacred, Repertoire, Classroom, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 34 pages. Published by Publications (S0.251879).

Item Number: S0.251879


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 student keep their parts as souvenirs and just print new ones the next time!

LEVEL: Appropriate for 2nd-/3rd-year players or advanced beginners.

  • 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
  • Balance
  • 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*, 3 Percussion (easy rhythms)
  • *At least one: 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. His works are available from and through Sheet Music Plus.


    Winter / Christmas Concert works from Bandroom.comPublications:

    Joy to the King (for beginners)
    Jingle Those Bells! (for beginners)
    HouseTop March (for advanced beginners)
    Ukrainian Bell Carol (for advanced+ beginners)
    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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    • Ratings + Reviews

    • 5

      Franklin, Tennessee
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    • September 01, 2017 somber selection will be a learning curve for kids

      I plan to use this for our Christmas concert. It will probably be a challenge to get the students to play a slow piece, but they've got to learn sometime! Lots of teaching opportunities in the piece. Great engraving - looks professional.

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