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Here Comes Santa Claus

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Oakley Haldeman

Oakley Haldeman (arr. Paul Murtha)


Subtitle: (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)


General Info

Year: 1947 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00; (digital) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Violin
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass
  • Electric Bass
  • Cello

Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Drum Set
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Here's a unique spin on this familiar Christmas tune using a mix of styles, from two-beat to rock shuffle to straight-ahead swing. Everyone gets a chance to play the melody in this entertaining and festive arrangement that will sound good with limited or incomplete instrumentation.

- Program Note by publisher


Here Comes Santa Claus ("Right Down Santa Claus Lane") is a Christmas song originally written and performed by Gene Autry, with music composed by Oakley Haldeman. Autry's original recording was a top-10 hit on the pop and country charts; the song would go on to be covered many times in the subsequent decades.

Autry got the idea for the song after riding his horse in the 1946 Santa Claus Lane Parade (now the Hollywood Christmas Parade) in Los Angeles, during which crowds of spectators chanted, "Here comes Santa Claus". This inspired him to write a song that Haldeman set to music. Autry's lyrics combined two veins of the Christmas tradition, the mythology of Santa Claus and the Christian origin of the holiday (most explicitly in its mention of the nativity promise of "peace on Earth").

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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