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Russian Christmas Music

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1944
Duration: c. 14:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Parts & Score: $85.00 | Score Only: $12.00


Full Score
Piccolo I-II (Alt. Flute III-IV)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
BBb Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone (Trombone IV)
Baritone (Bass & Treble Clef)
String Bass
Percussion I-II (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash, suspended)
  • Gong
  • Triangle
  • Orchestra bells
  • Chimes
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Contrabass Clarinet, meas. 18: Add a tenuto on the D on beat 2
  • Contrabass Clrinet, meas. 59: Remove the "mf" dynamic marking
  • Contrabass Clarinet, meas. 225: Change the tenuto on beat 4 to an accent
  • Contrabass Clarinet, meas. 215-216: These two bars should be a String Bass + Bass Clarinet cue
  • Contrabass Clarinet, meas. 236-237: Remove the tie in between the two whole notes on m. 236 and 237
  • Contrabass Clarinet, meas. 237: Add an accent to the whole note E4
  • 1st Bassoon, meas. 117: delete quarter rests on beat 3 and 6, leave the half rest [There should be only four beats in this measure.]
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone, reh. 32: add 2/2 meter signature
  • 2nd B-flat Cornet, meas. 15, beat 1 (oboe cue): change last 16th note (D) to a quarter note
  • Baritone TC, meas. 219: beat 4, the four 16th notes should be 32nd notes.
  • Percussion II, Chimes and Bells, meas. 188: The C-sharp printed on beat 1 should be a C-natural
  • Percussion II, Chimes and Bells, meas. 195: The C-natural printed on beat 4 should be a C-sharp

Program Notes

Originally written in November 1944, Russian Christmas Music was first performed in December of that year in Denver, Colorado. Two years later, the piece was elaborated and revised, and in that form was one of the three prize-winning work in the 1947 Columbia University contest for new serious music for symphonic band.

An ancient Russian Christmas Carol (Carol of the Little Russian Children) is mixed with motives from orthodox liturgical music from the Eastern Orthodox Church. Though set as a single piece, the composer originally subtitled the four easily separated sections Children's Carol, Antiphonal Chant, Village Song, and Cathedral Chorus.

- Program Notes from score

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class AA
  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: V
  • Georgia: VI
  • Iowa: V
  • Kansas: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: V
  • Massachusetts: V
  • Michigan: Senior High AA
  • Mississippi: VI-A
  • New York: Concert Band VI
  • North Carolina: VI
  • Oklahoma: V-A
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: V


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Glenn Hayes, conductor) – 20 March 2020 (Carnegie Hall, New York) (scheduled, but concert canceled)

  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 12 December 2019
  • Wilmot (Wisc.) High School Wind Ensemble (John Sorensen, conductor) – 11 December 2019
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Symphony (Chad Shoopman, conductor) – 10 December 2019
  • Clovis (Calif.) East High School Wind Ensemble (Marco Mellone, Conductor) - 10 December 2019
  • Muskegon (Mich.) Community College Wind Ensemble (Daniel M. Meyers, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Angelo State University (San Angelo, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan Alvis, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • West Seattle (Wash.) Community Orchestra Wind Orchestra (Anton Coleman, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Symphonic Band (Matthew O. Smith, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 23 November 2019
  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 20 November 2019
  • Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.) Wind Symphony II (Jennifer Rubin, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Boston University (Mass.) Wind Ensemble (David Martins, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, O.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Richard Edwards, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Symphonic Band (Eric M. Smedley, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando) Symphonic Band (Tremon Kizer, conductor) – 7 November 2019
  • Mount St. Mary's University (Emmitsburg, Md.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Carlson, conductor) – 26 October 2019
  • Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) Wind Symphony Orchestra (Adam Dalton, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Charles River Wind Ensemble (Boston, Mass.) (Sebastian Bonaiuto, conductor) – 2 June 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 14 April 2019
  • Blackhawk High School (Beaver Falls, Penn.) Symphonic Band (David Zaccari, conductor) – 22 March 2019
  • San Ramon (Calif.) Symphonic Band ( Larry B. Colon, conductor) – 23 December 2018  

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