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Once in Royal David’s City

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Henry John Gauntlett

Henry John Gauntlett (arr. Philip Sparke)

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General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Anglo Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €77.99;   |   Score Only (print) - €14.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Cornets
B-flat Flugelhorn I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
E-flat Tuba
B-flat Tuba
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Once in Royal David's City is a Christmas carol originally written as poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The carol was first published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphreys' hymnbook Hymns for little Children. A year later, the English organist Henry John Gauntlett discovered the poem and set it to music. Cecil Alexander, meanwhile, married the Anglican clergyman William Alexander in 1848 and upon her husband's consecration became a bishop's wife in 1867.

Since 1919, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the King's College Chapel Cambridge has begun its Christmas Eve service, with Dr. Arthur Henry Mann's arrangement of Once in Royal David's City as the Processional hymn.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

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