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Rhapsody on Christmas Carols, A

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Claude T. Smith

Claude T. Smith

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General Info

Year: 1991
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-alto 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-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
String Bass
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Rhapsody of Christmas Carols, originally commissioned by the United States Marine Band, features many holiday favorites, including Good Christian Friends, Rejoice; O Come, Emmanuel; We Three Kings; What Child Is This; Joy to the World; Away in a Manger; Deck the Halls; and Angels We Have Heard on High. What makes this particular medley noteworthy is that like Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, each tune features a different instrumental section of the band.

- Program note by Santa Barbara City College Concert Band concert program, 2 December 2012


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 16 December 2018
  • Grand Street (New York) Community Band (Brian Worsdale, conductor) – 16 December 2017
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 10 December 2017
  • Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Manitowoc, Wisc.) (Marc Sackman, conductor) – 2 December 2017
  • Mercyhurst University (Erie, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Meier, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Orange County Wind Symphony (Anaheim, Calif.) (Anthony Mazzaferro, conductor) – 4 December 2016
  • Foothill Symphonic Winds (Los Altos, Calif.) (David Bruce Adams, conductor) - 8 December 2013
  • San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) - 6 December 2013
  • Santa Barbara City College Concert Band (Eric C. Heidner, conductor) - 2 December 2012
  • Rutherford Community Band [Bergen County, NJ - December 2010

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble: Volume 2 L-Z. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 277. Print.