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Christmas Song, The (arr Sweeney)

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Mel Tormé

Mel Tormé (arr. Michael Sweeney)


Subtitle: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire


General Info

Year: 1945 / 1959 / 1990 / 2011
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

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

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tom-Tom


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

It's just not Christmas without this beloved holiday song. This flowing arrangement with flexible scoring features a distinctive and creative harmonic approach that gives this wonderful tune a contemporary and rich sound.

- Program Note by publisher


The Christmas Song (commonly subtitled Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire or, as it was originally subtitled, Merry Christmas to You) is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.

According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to "stay cool by thinking cool", the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born. "I saw a spiral pad on his (Wells') piano with four lines written in pencil", Tormé recalled. "They started, 'Chestnuts roasting..., Jack Frost nipping..., Yuletide carols..., Folks dressed up like Eskimos.' Bob didn't think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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