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Jingle Bells Rhapsody

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James Pierpont

James Pierpont (arr. Harold L Walters)


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General Info

Year: 1857 / 1957
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Choir
Publisher: Rubank
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Instrumentation

Condensed Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Jingle Bells is one of the best-known and commonly sung American wintertime songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title One Horse Open Sleigh in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is now associated with the Christmas and holiday season, it was actually originally written for American Thanksgiving. It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir; however, historians dispute this, stating that it was much too "racy" to be sung by a children's church choir in the days it was written.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Orcas Island (Wash.) Community Band (Karen Key Speck, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Peninsula Concert Band (Williamsbrg, Va.) (Ronnie Tong, conductor) - 11 December 2018
  • Callanwode Concert Band (Decatur, Ga.) (Glenn Moore, conductor) – 3 December 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Jingle Bells, Wikipedia Accessed 24 December 2015
  • Pierpont, J.; Walters, H. (1957). Jingle Bells Rhapsody [score]. Rubank: [s.l.]