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Do You Hear What I Hear? (arr Holcombe)

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Gloria Shayne

Gloria Shayne (arr. Holcombe)


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General Info

Year: 1962
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


Instrumentation

Brass Ensemble


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Do You Hear What I Hear? is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.

Regney was inspired to write the lyrics "Said the night wind to the little lamb, 'Do you see what I see?'" and "Pray for peace, people everywhere" after watching babies being pushed in strollers on the sidewalks of New York City. Shayne stated in an interview years later that neither could personally perform the entire song at the time they wrote it because of the emotions surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. "Our little song broke us up. You must realize there was a threat of nuclear war at the time."

The song was originally recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale, a group which had also popularized The Little Drummer Boy. It went on to sell more than a quarter-million copies during the 1962 Christmas holiday season.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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