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Good King Wenceslas

From Wind Repertory Project

Traditional, arranged by Tom Wallace


General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arrangers Publishing Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only – 7.50


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon /Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba/Baritone Saxophone
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-V

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hand Drum
  • Mark Tree
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

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Program Notes

Good King Wenceslas is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of a king going on a journey in braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the day after Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935).

In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the "Wenceslas" lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853. Neale's lyrics were set to the melody of a 13th-century spring carol Tempus adest floridum ("The time is near for flowering") first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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