Christmas Travelogue

From Wind Repertory Project
James Curnow

Medley arranged by James Curnow

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General Info

Duration: c. 2:40
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Curnow Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

What a great energetic way to open your Christmas concert and bring focus to the joyful sounds of the season! Themes from Spain, Czechoslovakia, Poland, England and France lead us on a delightful Christmas tour. Enjoy the melodic twists and turns as the consistent unifying tempo charges toward the exciting finale.

- Program Note from publisher

There is a tradition of singing and playing Christmas carols in every Christian nation. James Curnow has written a musical journey that leads us through six carols from five countries. The Catalonian traditional carol, Fum Fum Fum, may be an imitation of a drum or the strumming of a guitar. The French Provençal carol Pata-Pan refers to a large tambourin (a type of drum) that is a rhythmic part of the dance. The Czech carol Jesu, Jesu, Baby Dear also known as The Rocking Song, is a beloved cradle song known by all Czechs. The Polish offering is Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, a light and relaxed cradle song that could be a dance. The wassail carol from England, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, is one of the oldest carols, dating from the 16th century, and means God keep you pleasant (or prosperous). The French carol Noël Nouvelet! from the late 15th century traces the Nativity narrative. When it comes to Christmas carols, the tradition knows no national boundaries, language, or cultural limitations, and this selection captures the joy, beauty, love, and spirit of the season.

- Program Note from Cypress Symphonic Band concert program, 10 December 2016


State Ratings

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  • North Jersey (Fair Lawn) Concert Band (Michael Roth, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • River Valley Wind Ensemble (Kankakee County, Ill.) (David Conrad, conductor) – 16 December 2018
  • Cypress Symphonic Band (Houston, Tex.) (Clarence Weeks, conductor) –10 December 2016
  • Paso Robles (Calif.) High School Band (Santino Galvan, conductor) – December 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


None discovered thus far.