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December Snow

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Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $16.50


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Electric Bass Guitar (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

December Snow was inspired by memories of one of nature's simple wonders. While it has been decades since I live in a northern climate, I still remember the pure joy of those magical early-winter snow flurries, a joy I endeavored to capture in this piece.

Specific events are suggested by the music, and indicated verbally in the score: “first snowflakes...snow picking up...out for a sleigh ride...returning home for hot chocolate.” Bright percussion colors of triangle, sleigh bells, and glockenspiel combine with gently floating melodic lines to give the piece its wintry feeling; but it all ends warmly with a simple canon and gentle reminder of the opening theme.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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  • Frank Ticheli website Accessed 6 July 2020
  • Ticheli, F. (2015). December Snow [score]. Manhattan Beach Music: Brooklyn, N.Y.