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Variations on a French Carol

By Matthew Saunders

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Concert band - Grade 3
Composed by Matthew Saunders. Pathways Series. Score. Imagine Music Publishing #CBW093-S. Published by Imagine Music Publishing (IG.CBW093-S).

Item Number: IG.CBW093-S

9 x 12 in inches.

This eight minute work for concert band was inspired by a trip to Saxony, Germany. In the St. Wolfgang Church in the small town of Schneeburg, it was the composer's privilege to enjoy a recital by Belgian organist Jozef Sluys. Included in the program was Marcel Dupre's magnificent Variations sur un noel (1922), which uses the same theme as this piece and was the main impetus for its composition. The eight variations range from somber to sarcastic to triumphant and treat the concert band in the manner of an organ with its blended timbres and octave stops.

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