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Bernard de La Monnoye

Bernard de La Monnoye (arr. Shelley Hanson)

General Info

Year: 1720 / 2005
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $7.95


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubling on B-flat Soprano Saxophone or alternate part with just Alto Saxophone)
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells (optional)
  • Bodhran (or Timbales)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbal
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Two familiar carols, Patapan and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, are bound together in this memorable setting. The percussion part is notable as it creates sound of the traditional Irish bodhran drum.

- Program Note from publisher

For John Loch and the North Suburban Concert Band.

- Program Note from score

Patapan (or "Pat-a-pan") is a French Christmas carol in Burgundian dialect, later adapted into English. It was written by Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and first published in Noël bourguignons in 1720. Its original title is Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin (Willie, Bring Your Little Drum or Willie, Take Your Little Drum).

The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments -- flutes and drums -- the onomatopoeic sound of which gives the song its name; "patapan" is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, "tu-re-lu-re-lu," the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol The Little Drummer Boy, with its chorus of "pa-rum-pa-pum-pum."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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