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Good King Wenceslas (arr Davis)

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Chip Davis

Traditional (arr. Chip Davis; adapt. Robert Longfield)


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General Info

Year: 1984 / 2007
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
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
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

From the very first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album (recorded more than 20 years ago) and featuring their signature funky rock style, here is the “good king” effectively adapted for concert band by Robert Longfield.

- Program Note by publisher


Good King Wenceslas is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the day after Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935). The name Wenceslas is a Latinised version of the modern Czech language “Václav”.

In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the "Wenceslas" lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853. Neale's lyrics were set to the melody of a 13th-century spring carol Tempus adest floridum ("The time is near for flowering") first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Davis, C.; Longfield, R.; Mannheim Steamroller (Musical group). 2007. Good King Wenceslas [score] Dot and Lines, Ink: Omaha, Neb.
  • Good King Wenceslas, Wikipedia Accessed 26 December 2016