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Up on the Housetop (flex)

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Benjamin Hanby

Benjamin Hanby (arr. Haley Woodrow)


General Info

Year: 1864 / 2020
Duration: c. 1:15
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Song
Publisher: Haley Woodrow
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part A

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Mallets

Part B

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F
  • Mallets

Part C

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Euphonium

Part D

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Up on the Housetop is a Christmas song written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864. It has been recorded by a multitude of singers, most notably Gene Autry in 1953.

According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, Up on the Housetop was the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by Jingle Bells, which was written in 1857. It is also considered the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus. It was originally published in the magazine Our Song Birds by Root & Cady.

According to Readers Digest Merry Christmas Song Book, Hanby probably owes the idea that Santa and his sleigh land on the roofs of homes to Clement C. Moore's 1822 poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas (also commonly known as The Night Before Christmas).

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Performance Notes

I arranged Up on the Housetop in response to COVID-19 as an adaptable arrangement for band. The grace notes in the work can be omitted. The trombone can play staccato quarter notes rather than eighth notes if needed.


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