Good King Wenceslas (arr Davis)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
From the very first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album (recorded more than 20 years ago) and featuring their signature funky rock style, here is the “good king” effectively adapted for concert band by Robert Longfield.
- Program Note from publisher
Good King Wenceslas is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and 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). The name Wenceslas is a Latinised version of the modern Czech language “Václav”.
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
None discovered thus far.
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- Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 9 December 2018
- Heart of Texas Concert Band (Mark Rogers, conductor) – 18 December 2016
- Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Keith Waibel, conductor) – 11 December 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Auld Lang Syne
- Away in a Manger (as arranger with Longfield) (2003)
- Cantique de Noel (as arranger)
- Carol of the Bells (as arranger; adapt. Longfield) (1904 [1914?]/2009)
- Celebration (arr. Longfield)
- Deck the Halls (as arranger with Longfield)
- Faeries (as arranger)
- Fanfare and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (arr. Longfield)
- The First Noel (arr. Longfield)
- Good King Wenceslas (as arranger; adapt. Longfield) (1984/2007)
- Greensleeves (arr. Davis; ed. Longfield) (2011)
- Hark! The Herald Trumpets Sing (1988)
- Hallelujah (as arranger; adapt. Longfield) (1741/2004)
- The Holly and the Ivy (as arranger) (1988/1995)
- O Little Town of Bethlehem (as arranger; adapt. Longfield)
- Pat-a-Pan (as arranger)
- Stille Nacht (as arranger with Longfield)
- Stille Nacht (as arranger with Vinson) (1818/1985)
- Davis, C.; Longfield, R.; Mannheim Steamroller (Musical group). 2007. Good King Wenceslas [score] Dot and Lines, Ink: Omaha, Neb.
- Good King Wenceslas, Wikipedia Accessed 26 December 2016