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Carol of the Bells (arr Chambers)

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Mykola Leontovych

Mykola Leontovych (arr. Carol Brittin Chambers)

General Info

Year: 1914 / 2929
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part A

  • C Instruments (High)
  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments

Part B

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments

Part C

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments
  • F Instruments

Part D

  • C Instruments
  • B-flat Instruments
  • E-flat Instruments
  • F Instruments

Part E

  • C Instruments
  • C Instruments (Low)
  • B-flat Instruments

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This fun, fresh, and flexible arrangement of the beloved holiday classic Carol of the Bells, from Carol Brittin Chambers, can be played with as few as five wind or string players. The various recognizable motifs are passed around the ensemble, giving everyone something interesting to play. Chambers incorporates energetic grooves with the bass line and percussion, as well as a new B melody that adds extra technique and a fresh sound.

- Program Note from publisher

Carol of the Bells is a popular Christmas carol composed by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914 with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. The song is based on a Ukrainian folk chant called Shchedryk.

The song is recognized by a four-note ostinato motif. It has been arranged many times for different genres, styles of singing and settings and has been covered by artists and groups of many genres: classical, metal, jazz, country music, rock, and pop. The piece has also been featured in films, television shows, and parodies.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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