Christmas Rhapsody for Band

From Wind Repertory Project
Joel Blahnik

Joel Blahnik

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alliance Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $110.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II/Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
French Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Harp (keyboard or Celeste)
Duo, Trio or Vocal Quartet or Choir (Opt.)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Triangle


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Program Notes

The giant mountains in northeastern Bohemia in the Czech Republic are the scenic folkloric area from which these Christmas carols have originated. Musicologist Josef Bartos collected them for posterity and arranged a set of them for children's choir and piano many years ago. This setting was the inspiration from which Joel Blahnik made this band arrangement.

Filled with charm, these carols alternate in mood between sacred and secular, reverent and humorous. The English texts by Kieran Sawyer are based upon the original translations from the Czech.

Although not essential, the singing of the carols by a duo, trio or choral ensemble adds much to the performance.

Program Note from Published Score


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


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