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Patapan (arr Eidam)

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Bernard de La Monnoye

Bernard de La Monnoye (arr. Porter Eidam)

Subtitle: Percussion Feature

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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 I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tom-Tom (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The origin of Pat-a-Pan dates back to 1720s France. The lyrics were originally Burgundian and reflected a shepherd's account of the nativity. The simple instruments available to tenders of the flock such as flutes and drums are referenced and imitated throughout the carol. This thematic material lends itself perfectly to percussion instruments, and even when sung the rhythm and the accents drive the melody from beginning to end. This arrangement attempts to capture the spirit of classic fantasy pieces, taking the listener through a variety of moods without the piece ever losing energy.

- Program Note from publisher

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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