Russian Christmas Music (arr Curnow)

From Wind Repertory Project
Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed (arr. James Curnow)

General Info

Year: 1944 / 1990
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass 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
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes (or Bells)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The majesty and drama of this classic band piece is now available for younger groups. This arrangement has been carefully scored, so all parts are accessible to younger players. It's a strong choice for your developing musicians to ensure that they experience this Alfred Reed classic!

- Program Note from publisher

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 original Reed score


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: III
  • Virginia: III


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (David Frateschi, conductor) – 18 December 2017
  • New Horizons Band of Sonoma County (Healdsburg, Calif.) (Lew Sbrana, conductor) – 17 December 2017
  • Buckhorn High School Symphonic Band – 13 December 2016

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