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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

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J. Fred Coots

J Fred Coots (arr. Paul Yoder)


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General Info

Year: 1934 /
Duration:
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tabl, above.


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
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 Bass Saxophone
Cornets Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion

(percussion detail needed)

Field Formation


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a Christmas song. It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934.

In 1934 when Gillespie brought him the lyrics to Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Coots came up with the skeleton of the music in just ten minutes. Coots took the song to his publisher, Leo Feist Inc., who liked it but thought it was "a kids' song" and didn't expect too much from it. Coots offered the song to Eddie Cantor who used it on his radio show that November and it became an instant hit. The morning after the radio show there were orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music and by Christmas sales had passed 400,000.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Flint (Mich.) Concert Band (Bruce Nieuwenhuis, conductor) – 15 December 2016
  • Belleville (Ill.) Community Band (Kerry Welker, conductor) – 9 December 2015


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