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Joyeux Noël (Wind Ensemble)

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

Subtitle: A Christmas Greeting for Winds

General Info

Year: 1998 / 2001 / 2002
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass ensemble
Publisher: LudwigMasters Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (all div. a2)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (doubling E-flat Alto Saxophone)
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
B-flat Cornet I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (div. a2)
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Joyeux Noël (the French expression of "Merry Christmas") was originally written for brass ensemble with percussion. Its success in that form, and the many resulting inquires as to its possibility as a work for full band, prompted the composer to recast the work for full concert band and wind orchestra, and in this new form it was first performed by the Eastern Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. William Silvester on December 16, 2001, in Trenton, New Jersey. Its first performance under the composer's direction took place in Tokyo, Japan, on June 25, 2002, with Senzoku Gakuen Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

The music is built up from four primary motifs, each of which spawns some secondary thematic material during the development of the primary ones. The prevailing texture is alternately contrapuntal and harmonic, frequently a combination of both, following the practice of medieval times in its vocal and instrumental settings. The high spirits of the season, and the joy and cheer of the Christmas message to the world which the music generates, are a constant reminder of the richness of the medieval French approach to the music of its time.

- Program Note from publisher

For William H. Silvester and the Eastern Wind Symphony, with warm affection!

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Senzoku Gakuen (Kawasaki, Japan) Symphonic Wind Orchestra (Alfred Reed, conductor) – 25 June 2002
  • Eastern Wind Symphony (Trenton, N.J.) (William Silvester, conductor) – 16 December 2001 *Transcription Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1999). Joyeux Noël: For Brass Choir [score]. Masters Music: Boca Raton, Fla.