Fum, Fum, Fum (arr. Davis)

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Chip Davis (arr. Robert Longfield)

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Subtitle: Traditional Spanish carol

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Electric Bass
Percussion I-VI

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Take a look at this unique and appealing treatment of the holiday classic. The woodwinds and percussion receive the spotlight throughout this effectively orchestrated arrangement. A terrific holiday change of pace.

- Program Note from publisher

Fum, Fum, Fum is a traditional Catalan Christmas carol. It is thought to have originated in the 16th or 17th century. The word "fum" means smoke in Catalan, and it may simply refer to the smoke rising from a chimney as seen from afar, or, as indicated in the New Oxford Book of Carols, "may imitate the sound of a drum (or perhaps the strumming of a guitar)". It is not typical of Spanish tradition but rather of Catalan tradition. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) defines "fum" as "to play upon a fiddle," quoting Ben Jonson, "Follow me, and fum as you go."

One source, the Musical Heritage Society insert 3428 (Christmas Songs From Around the World), indicates that "fum, fum, fum" is an onomatopoeia imitating the noise of a rocking cradle, and that the rhythms come from the Sardana, a courtly dance which originated in Catalonia and the Provence.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Davis, C.; Longfield, R. (2005). Fum, Fum, Fum: Traditional Spanish Carol [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.
  • Fum, Fum, Fum, Wikipedia Accessed 26 November 2016