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TIDINGS OF JOY (young concert band - Easy - score, parts, & license to copy)

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By Brian Harris

Concert Band - Level 1 - Digital Download
Composed by Brian Harris. Christmas, Instructional, Sacred, Standards. Score and parts. 26 pages. Publications #1918625. Published by Publications (A0.859724).

Item Number: A0.859724


With a nice minor mode sound and a propelling timpani line, TIDINGS OF JOY opens with God Rest You Merry, harmonized in drone fashion, then features a soli middle section of Pat-a-pan for which you "audition" the players who get to play this more difficult middle section (keeps your best players challenged!) while the rest of the band vocalize a single pitch on "ahh." The piece then recaps with God Rest You Merry with a slightly fuller instrumentation and a simple flute obligato line.

FEATURES: Melody opportunities for all wind parts; Multiple percussion parts give colorful sound; timpani provide bass ostinato; Students sing "ahh" on a single note - great for improving intonation!; Soli section in middle will motivate players to learn the part so they get to play the melody (keeps your better players challenged); Low brass parts are very simple.

RANGES: C minor (3 flats). Some Clarinets play low G and F (m. 14 and 48) - put your best players on these low notes and have rest play the comfortable notes of D and C.

CHALLENGES: Appropriate for young players who have encountered eighth-notes and the key of E-flat; Independence of lines (melody played with/against simple bass and accompaniment; simple flute obligato line in last section); Some slurs and eighth-notes; Key/few accidentals (mostly in flutes, oboe, clarinet, and trumpet); A few extended range notes for some parts.

INSTRUMENTATION: includes Full Conductor Score (8 pages) and PARTS (16 pages): one each for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn in F, Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon, T.C. Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion 1 (Suspended Cymbal/Tenor Drum, Bass Drum), Percussion 2 (Triangle, Finger Cymbals), Timpani (3 or 4 drums), Bells/Tambourine, Chimes.

PERCUSSION: parts to occupy 9 or more players; playable by as few as four players.

MINIMUM INSTRUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS: Flute, 2 Clarinets, Alto Sax, Trumpet, 1 Percussion (Timpani), and 2 bass voices (Voice 1: Trombone, Horn, or Tenor Sax; Voice 2: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax, or Tuba).

You may view additional SCORE and PART samples for this work at my site, www .bandroom. com.

NOTE: This Digital Download document is assembled with the Clarinet part appearing as page 1 so you may view it on this web site as you listen to the sound file. When you download/print the full document (25 pages, total), the first page to print will be the Clarinet part, followed by the FULL SCORE, then the remaining PARTS. Also included is a SITE LICENSE granting permission to photocopy as many SCORES or PARTS as needed for use by your school.


Now retired, Brian Harris holds the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University and was a band director for over 30 years at public school and college levels. Many of his works are available from and as digital downloads.


Winter / Christmas Concert works from Publications:
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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  • April 08, 2018 nice piece

    nice piece

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  • October 16, 2017 Surprising

    As easy as it is, you wouldn't think it could sound "expressive" (within the limits of young players, of course). Good piece to teach tone control and support. Kids like it.

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