Night Before Christmas, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Randol Alan Bass

Randol Alan Bass

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 6:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $78.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

A Visit from St. Nicholas, more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas and  'Twas the Night Before Christmas from its first line, is a poem first published anonymously in 1823, and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who acknowledged authorship in 1837.

The poem, which has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American", is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today, and has had a massive impact on the history of Christmas gift-giving. Before the poem gained wide popularity, American ideas about St. Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors had varied considerably. A Visit from St. Nicholas eventually would be set to music and has been recorded by many artists.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

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  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor; Norman Robinson, narrator) – 15 December 2019
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