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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (flex)

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Meredith Willson

Meredith Willson (arr. Michael Brown)


General Info

Year: 1951 / 1979 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass
  • Cello

Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drum Set
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Perfect for light holiday or winter concerts, this appealing song is set in a fun, medium swing style. Carefully scored, it can be performed by bands of all sizes and instrumentations.

- Program Note by publisher


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson.

A popular belief in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, holds that Willson wrote the song while staying in Yarmouth's Grand Hotel. The song makes reference to a "tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well..."; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel. It also makes mention of the five and ten which was a store operating in Yarmouth at the time.

It is also possible that the "Grand Hotel" Willson mentions in the song was inspired by the Historic Park Inn Hotel in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa. The Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is situated in downtown Mason City overlooking central park.

The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Performance Notes

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