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Russian Christmas Music

By Alfred Reed

Concert Band - Grade 5
Composed by Alfred Reed (1921-2005). Concert Band; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles. Belwin Classic Band. Christmas; Masterwork Arrangement; Multicultural; Winter. Score. 44 pages. Duration 15:00. Belwin Music #00-FXB219C. Published by Belwin Music (AP.FXB219C).

Item Number: AP.FXB219C


The theme carefully explored by Alfred Reed in this repertoire standard is Carol of the Little Russian Children which is an ancient Russian Christmas carol. You can hear four distinct sections originally called Children's Carol, Antiphonal Chant, Village Song and Cathedral Chorus all joined in this continuous contemporary setting. The almost overwhelming sound picture with varied tone colors and brilliant brass choir sounds is a classic in every sense. Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed is a worthy addition to the Belwin Classic Band series. This recording compliments of the United States Air Force Band, Col. Lowell Graham, conductor.

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  • 5

    Rhode Island
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  • November 08, 2008 AMAIZING!!!!

    This piece is an amazing work for any intermediate to advanced high school wind ensemble. The English Horn solo is AMAZING and the MANY clarinet parts (Including E-flat Clarinet, B-flat Clarinets 1, 2, 3, E-flat Alto Clarinet, B-flat Bass Clarinet, and B-flat Contrabass Clarinet!!!) are...

    to DIE FOR!!! This is an amazing piece for any holiday concert and is a staple in the advanced high school band repetiore.

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  • 5

    John Lendley
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  • December 22, 2006 What a masterpiece!!

    This is by far one of the best works for symphonic band! It so full of massive sounds and yet at the same time it is full of smaller sounds. Simply put it is a masterpiece that every band sould at least play once!!!!

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