Hark! The Herald Angels Swing
Traditional, arranged by Chris Sharp
Year: 1739 / 2013
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00 | Score Only (print) - $9.00
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
Electric Bass (optional)
- Crash Cymbals
- Drum Set
- Sleigh Bells
None discovered thus far.
American music would not be the same without the emergence and influence of jazz as a stylistic and harmonic element in both popular and art music styles. It is only natural that this influence should extended into the widespread musical celebrations of the holiday season that permeate American culture during the month of December. Hark, the Herald Angels Swing is an opportunity experience just that. This arrangement is also a tip of the hat to the great and recently departed jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. The occasional 5/4 measures will no doubt evoke memories of his composition Take Five.
- Program Note by composer
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by Charles Wesley. Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today. Moreover, Wesley's original opening couplet is "Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings".
The popular version is the result of alterations by various hands, notably by Wesley's co-worker George Whitefield who changed the opening couplet to the familiar one, and by Felix Mendelssohn. A hundred years after the publication of Hymns and Sacred Poems, in 1840, Mendelssohn composed a cantata to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, and it is music from this cantata, adapted by the English musician William H. Cummings to fit the lyrics of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, that propels the carol known today.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
This spectacular and unique jazz arrangement pays tribute to the great Dave Brubeck. Showcasing a comfortable multi-meter jazz feel, the music gives a contemporary edge to the classic carol. This piece presents a wealth of teaching opportunities in a fantastic new setting.
American music would not be the same without the emergence and influence of jazz as a style and harmonic element to both popular and art music styles. It is only natural that this influence should extend into the widespread musical celebrations of the holiday season that permeate American culture during the month of December. Hark, the Herald Angels Swing! is an opportunity to experience just that. The occasional 5/4 measures will no doubt evoke memories of Brubeck’s composition Take Five.
- Program Note from Louis Pizitz Middle School Symphony Band concert program, 16 December 2015
None discovered thus far.
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- Louis Pizitz Middle School (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) Symphonic Band (Jerrell Horton, conductor) - 16 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- The All-American
- An American Spectacular (as arranger) (2011)
- Buccaneer Hornpipe (2007)
- A Christmas Spectacular (as arranger) (2012)
- Cotton-Eyed Joe (as arranger) (2017)
- Danse Antiqua (2003)
- Feliz Navidad (as arranger) (2011)
- Flying Colors (2000)
- Funtango (2006)
- Hanukkah Highlights (2006)
- Hark! The Herald Angels Swing (2013)
- Hymn to the Heartland (2018)
- Intermezzo (as arranger) (1875/2002)
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (as arranger)
- Jing, Jing, Jingle (as arranger) (2015)
- Juju Dance
- Lament (2002/2021)
- Lullaby (2001)
- Mount Rockmore (2009)
- Our Song Shall Rise
- Rigaudon (as arranger) (1712/2018)
- Selections from "Carmen" (as arranger) (1875/2018)
- Spacious Firmament on High (2008)
- A Showstoppin' Christmas (2006)
- A Stowaway on Santa's Sleigh (as arranger) (2008)
- Trumpets Rock!
- Vikings Victorious (2006)
- Vision Quest
- Visions of Sugar Plums (2004)
- Walden (2002)
- Windermere Overture
- Chris Sharp website Accessed 3 September 2021
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Wikipedia Accessed 8 December 2015