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Christmas Song, The (arr Cacavas)

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Mel Tormé

Mel Tormé (arr. John Cacavas)


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Subtitle: Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire


General Info

Year: 1945 / 1959
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edwin H. Morris
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
D-flat Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Christmas Song (commonly subtitled Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire or, as it was originally subtitled, Merry Christmas to You) is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.

According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to "stay cool by thinking cool", the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born. "I saw a spiral pad on his (Wells') piano with four lines written in pencil", Tormé recalled. "They started, 'Chestnuts roasting..., Jack Frost nipping..., Yuletide carols..., Folks dressed up like Eskimos.' Bob didn't think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


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Resources

  • The Christmas Song, Wikipedia Accessed 29 December 2016
  • Tormé, M.; Wells, R.; Cacavas, J. (1959). The Christmas Song : Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire [score]. Edwin H. Morris: [s.l.]