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Bells of Christmas, The

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Robert Longfield

Robert Longfield

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 5:010
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00br />


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hand Bells (optional)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This interesting work for concert band with narrator opens with martial sounds that harken back to the days of the Civil War. The text of the beloved carol I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is revealed in the context of that historic period. The music provides a stirring backdrop as the true meaning of the text is conveyed to the audience.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (Washington, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor) - 11 December 2022
  • Ohio Northern University (Ada) Wind Orchestra (Thomas Hunt, conductor) – 10 December 2017
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 10 December 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Longfield, R. (2002). The Bells of Christmas [score]. C.L. Barnhouse; Oskaloosa, Iowa.
  • Perusal score