Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol, The (arr Clark)

From Wind Repertory Project
Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Larry Clark)

General Info

Year: 1916 / 1996
Duration: c. 4:12
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Cello and Piano
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III (I doubling flugelhorn)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone (4.0 octaves)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Lovingly and reverently dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg.

- Program Note from score

While Percy Grainger was known for creating a variety of ensemble settings for many of his folk songs, he never scored this work for wind band. Arranger Larry Clark here emulates Grainger's style to bring this lush carol alive with musical passion. Rhythmic notation has been elongated to allow more flexibility in interpreting each musical phrase.

- Program Note from publisher

This tune was noted by Miss Lucy E. Brodwood at Lyne (Sussex) in 1880-1881 from the singing Christmas Mummers called Tipteers or Tipteerers. They did this during their play St. George the Turk, and the Seven Champions of Christendom. At the suggestion of Richard Franko Goldman, conductor of the Goldman Band, Percy Grainger arranged the carol for band. After his death, Goldman completed the arrangement and scoring of the work.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


State Ratings

  • Florida: III


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