Three Wise Guys

From Wind Repertory Project
Julie Giroux

Julie Giroux

Subtitle: (after J.H. Hopkins, Jr.'s We Three Kings and English traditional Christmas carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass 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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Hi-Hat (closed)
  • Kick Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

We Three Kings and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen are featured in this swing arrangement which is scored for full band. The three kings are represented by three ever-wise-cracking sections in the band: the trombones, saxes and trumpets. After the intro and presentation of the “A” section of We Three Kings, the “B” (chorus) section steps away from swing style and shifts into 1970s Motown with the baritone saxophone leading the charge. The marimba, tenor saxophone and clarinet take solos. Then the low woodwinds bring in the melody of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen in straight quarter notes with the clarinets doing a swing Bach-style accompaniment over the top. The piece ends with a sassy recap of the intro.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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