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Fairytale of New York

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Shane MacGowan
Jeremy Finer

Jeremy Finer and Shane MacGowan (arr. O'Loughlin)


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General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Recorded by Celtic punk band The Pogues and featuring singer Kirsty MacColl, Fairytale of New York was released in 1987 and has remained an enduring and popular holiday favorite ever since. Comprising two main sections, the opening is melancholic and lyrical, followed by the second part in a driving and energetic Irish-flavored groove. Sure to be a distinctive and appealing addition to any holiday concert!

- Program Note by publisher


Fairytale of New York is a Christmas song written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan and first released as a single on 23 November 1987 by their band The Pogues, featuring singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl on vocals. The song was written as a duet, with the Pogues' singer MacGowan taking the role of the male character and MacColl the female character. It is an Irish folk-style ballad, and featured on The Pogues' 1988 album If I Should Fall from Grace with God.

Although the single never reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, it has since proved enduringly popular with both music critics and the public: to date the song has reached the UK top twenty on twelve separate occasions since its original release in 1987, including every year since 2005, and was certified platinum in the UK in 2013. Fairytale of New York has been cited as the best Christmas song of all time in various television, radio and magazine related polls in the UK and Ireland.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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Performances

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  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (Jacob Nicolini, conductor) – 16 May 2016


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