Good King Wence-SALSA!

From Wind Repertory Project
Erik Morales

Traditional, arranged by Erik Morales

General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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-
Trombone I-II-III
Electric Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bongos
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Guiro
  • Timbales


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This version of Good King Wenceslas takes the original melody and arranges it in the salsa style. You’ll recognize the original melody, with a twist, and various additions to this classic song. The low brass features the important bass tumbao pattern -- listen for this part accenting beat four. The flutes, oboes and clarinets play a repeated pattern called montuno, which is commonly played by the piano player in a salsa group. The melody moves around from instrument to instrument and gives everyone a chance to shine. You’ll hear a groovin’ percussion section with authentic instruments from the salsa style and a lively call and response section in the middle that goes back and forth between ensemble singing and a flute solo.

- Program Note by Jeff Torchon


State Ratings

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