Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (Completed and scored by Edwin Franko Goldman)

General Info

Year: 1911 / 1965
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.C. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts - $40.65   |   Score Only - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III


In Score:

  • Tuba, m.10: Add a hairpin diminuendo starting on beat 1 lasting throughout entire measure

In Parts:

  • Euphonium B.C., m.32: Tempo marking "very slow" should be on beat 3

Program Notes

Having originally suggested to Percy Grainger that he arrange this carol for band, Mr. Goldman [Richard Franko] undertook the completion and scoring after Mr. Grainger's death in 1961. It was first performed at the State College of Iowa in the spring of 1963 under Richard Franko Goldman's direction.

Here is the final verse of the carol:

God bless your house, your children, too,

Your cattle and your store;
The Lord increase you day by day

And send you more and more.

- Program note from score

The tune was noted by Miss Lucy E. Brodwood at Lyne, near Horsham (Sussex), in 1880 and 1881 from the singing of Christmas Mummers called Tipteers or Tipteerers during their play of Saint George, the Turk, and the seven champions of Christendom.

- Program note by Percy Aldridge Grainger


State Ratings

  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Grainger, Percy Aldridge, Goldman, Richard Franko. (1965). The Sussex mummers' Christmas carol [score]. Galaxy Music: New York.
  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 388-391.