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Variations on a French Carol

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Matthew Saunders

Matthew Saunders

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Imagine Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion (6 parts)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This eight minute work for concert band was inspired by a trip to Saxony, Germany. In the St. Wolfgang Church in the small town of Schneeburg, it was the composer's privilege to enjoy a recital by Belgian organist Jozef Sluys. Included in the program was Marcel Dupre's magnificent Variations sur un noel (1922), which uses the same theme as this piece and was the main impetus for its composition. The eight variations range from somber to sarcastic to triumphant and treat the concert band in the manner of an organ with its blended timbres and octave stops.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project December 2, 2012: Lakeland Civic Band, Charles Frank director, Dr. Matthew Saunders, conducting.

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