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Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Newell H. Long

Newell H Long

General Info

Year: 1949
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rubank Inc. Music Pub.
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print

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Full Score
C Piccolo
D-flat 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
Cornets I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Whip


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas and  'Twas the Night Before Christmas from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823, and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who acknowledged authorship in 1837.

The poem, which has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American", is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today, and has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift giving. Prior to the poem, American ideas about St. Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors varied considerably. It became a popular poem which was set to music and was recorded by many artists.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Vista Ridge High School (Cedar Park, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Bryan Christian, conductor) – 19 December 2017
  • Western Reserve Community Band (Hudson, Oh.) (Ralph Meyer, conductor) – 17 December 2017
  • College of Lake County (Grayslake, Ill.) Concert Band (John Mojziszek, conductor) – 13 December 2017
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor; Bob Chapel, narrator) – 10 December 2017
  • Amador County (Pine Grove, Calif.) Concert Band (John Lillie, conductor; Ernie Kapphahn, narrator) – 3 December 2017
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Brad Hogarth, conductor; Gordon Gore, narrator) – 12 December 2016
  • Flint (Mich.) Concert Band (Bruce Nieuwenhuis, conductor; Bill Mackenzie, narrator) - 18 December 2015
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 13 December 2015

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