Christmas Festival, A (arr Smith)

From Wind Repertory Project
Leroy Anderson

Arranged by Leroy Anderson (setting Robert W. Smith)

Subtitle: A Christmas Medley for Band

N.B. Alfred published two settings of A Christmas Festival by Robert Smith, both in 2007, one a grade II and one a grade III.

General Info

Year: 1950 / 2007
Duration: c. 5:45 (II); 6:35 (III)
Difficulty: II and III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishers
Cost: Score and Parts (Grade II) (print) - $67.00; (digital) - $67.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00
Cost: Score and Parts (Grade III) (print) - $82.00; (digital) - $82.00   |   Score Only (print) - $9.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Christmas Festival includes excerpts from Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Adeste Fidelis. Listen for the clever ways that Anderson weaves these themes together and his unconventional treatments of one or two of the traditional carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem sounds almost like a military march.

- Program note by University of Houston Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble concert program, 19 December 2012

A Christmas Festival, composed in 1950, is a concert overture built upon traditional Christmas songs. Originally recorded by the Boston Pops, it is the Christmas medley that sets the standard for all others. Anderson has encompassed the joy, celebration, and solemnity of Christmas in his arrangements of Joy To The World • Deck the Halls • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen • Good King Wenceslas • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing • The First Noel • Silent Night • Jingle Bells and O Come, All Ye Faithful.

- Program Note from Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band concert program, 1 December 2015


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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