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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Meredith Willson

Meredith Willson (arr. John Moss)


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General Info

Year: 1951 / 2004
Duration:
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Pop song
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Convertible Bass Line
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson.

A popular belief in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, holds that Willson wrote the song while staying in Yarmouth's Grand Hotel. The song makes reference to a "tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well..."; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel. It also makes mention of the five and ten which was a store operating in Yarmouth at the time.

It is also possible that the "Grand Hotel" Willson mentions in the song was inspired by the Historic Park Inn Hotel in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa. The Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is situated in downtown Mason City overlooking central park.

The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble (Chestertown, Md.) (Charles Thai, conductor) – 15 December 2019


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