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Fantasy on "In Dulci Jubilo"

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Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Chimes
  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Dulci Jubilo is a Christmas tune that dates back to at least 1400. It has been utilized by many composer -- including Michael Praetorius and Dietrich Buxtehude -- but most prominently by J.S. Bach. Bach created several settings of the work, including a Chorale Prelude for organ cast as a double canon -- one canon based on the tune in long-note values, and a second canon based almost entirely on dance-like triplet figuration in much shorter note values.

In my Fantasy the tune is presented twice: the first in a chorale-style setting with accompanying woodwind solos derived from Bach's triplet figuration, and the second incorporating Bach's double canon in an expanded setting for full win ensemble. A mysterious ethereal introduction prepares the first presentation of the melody and provides the material for an extended transition to the second, concluding presentation.

- Program Note from score

Commissioned by the Big Spring, TX High School Band, Rocky Harris, conductor.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Big Springs (Tex.) High School (Rocky Harris, conductor) – 7 May 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Morehouse, Christopher. "Fantasy on 'In Dulci Jubilo'." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 549-556. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.