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The Twelve Days (Keys) of Christmas, for Brass Quintet

By traditional English Christmas Carol

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Brass Quintet - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by traditional English Christmas Carol. Arranged by Bob Delfausse. Contemporary Classical, Repertoire, Christmas, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 25 pages. Published by Robert Delfausse (S0.272901).

Item Number: S0.272901

2017 Holiday Contest Entry
This is a challenging quintet, but I think a very rewarding one.  I tried to make this familiar carol into a genuine set of variations, and one way I did this was to have each stanza (one for each of the 12 days) in a different major key, ascending by half-step all the way.  I hope you'll agree that the stanzas present many other kinds of variety as well--texture, tempo, mood, etc. There are quotations of many seasonal hymns and songs, most often used as transitions/modulations between stanzas.  "Jeanette Isabella," one of my favorites, has a more prominent role. 
Other than playing in all keys, the demands on the players are not extreme (though it's definitely a blow).  Duration: 4 minutes, 33 seconds.  Enjoy! .

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