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UKRAINIAN BELL CAROL (young concert band - easy - score, parts, & license to photocopy) . . . .

By Brian Harris

Concert Band - Digital Download
Arranged by Brian Harris. Repertoire, World, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 38 pages. Published by Publications (S0.276393).

Item Number: S0.276393


A simple setting of everyone's favorite holiday tune. Easy ranges and the use of antiphonal bells (optional) will make UKRAINIAN BELL CAROL the hit of the concert. Suggestions are included for using your beginner percussionists to play the antiphonal bell parts on their bell sets while your advanced band plays the music.

FEATURES: Brass players remove mouthpiece and blow air to give wind sound; Antiphonal Bells (optional, see below) adds excitement to performance; Simple parts for all; 1st Clarinet remains below break except for 3 notes (m.77).

CHALLENGES: Use of sfz (playing with bell-tone style accents); 3/4 section is fast, preferably in 1; Oboe, Alto Sax and Trumpet 1 has short, 8th-note run with possibly awkward fingering; Trombone plays several low G (1st line); Dynamics; Articulations.

KEY and RANGES: Written in Concert G minor. All parts are well within 2nd-year ranges: Flute to B-flat above staff; 1st Clarinet to E on staff; 2nd Clarinet remains below break; Trumpet 1 to 4th space E (only twice); Trombone not above 4th space G.

INSTRUMENTATION: includes Full Conductor Score (16 pages) and PARTS (20 pages): one each for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone (short divisi), Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone, B.C. Euphonium, T.C. Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion 1 (Snare and Chimes), Percussion 2 (Bass Drum), Percussion 3 (Mark Tree, 3 triangles), Percussion 4 (Sus. Cymbal, Mark Tree), Bells/Chimes, Timpani (2 drums, no pitch changes), optional Antiphonal Bell part (for multiple players).

ANTIPHONAL BELL PART: The Antiphonal Bell parts are optional and may be omitted if desired. However, the effect they create can substantially add to the experience of the piece for audience and performers alike. The notes played (any G, A, B-flat, or D, any octave) are randomly selected by each player; the rhythm to be played is random as well, following only the instructions of either 1, 2, or 3 notes per measure. The overall effect is that of a multitude of ringing steeple bells, creating an aural canvas upon which the music is placed. The original idea for the Antiphonal Bell parts was for beginning percussionists to use their practice bell sets. The players (as many as possible) are placed in the auditorium, standing in various places throughout the audience, playing the simple part from memory. Because of the randomness of the part, any mistakes (not switching from 3 to 2 to 1 note per measure at the designated spot, not stopping at the designated spot) will not have any negative impact on the performance, but actually enhance the experience. Other suggestions for the Antiphonal Bells and players: Use Handbells, Orff instruments, crotales, extra triangles, etc; if no beginners are available, use faculty volunteers or selected players from the band, such as the Horns.

MINIMUM INSTRUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS: Flute, 2 Clarinets, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Line, Percussion.

You may view additional SCORE and PART samples for this work at my site, where you can alternatively buy the work.

COMPOSER: Brian Harris holds the Ph.D. in Instrumental Music from Florida State University and was a public school and college band director for over 30 years. He is now retired (with just a little hearing loss!)

NOTE: This Digital Download document is assembled with the Trumpet 1 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 (38 pages, total), the first page to print will be the Trumpet 1 part, followed by the FULL SCORE, then the remaining PARTS. Also included is a SITE LICENSE granting permission to photocopy as many PARTS as needed for use by your school.

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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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • October 24, 2017 nice

    easy enough for middle school; not able to do the antiphonal bell parts due to my small program - bet it would soudn terrific

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