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Sleigh Ride

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Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson


General Info

Year: 1948
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Belwin Mills/Alfred
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Full Score - $9.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo in C
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Cornet (in Bb) I-II-III
Trumpet (in Bb)I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III (4-7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel (extended high range required (high F)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Temple Blocks (2)
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Sleigh Ride exists in numerous versions and is a staple of the holiday season. The idea first came to the composer during a heatwave in July 1946. The first recording occurred in 1949 with lyrics being added by Mitchell Parrish the following year. A selection of the artists who have recorded it include Herb Alpert, The Andrews Sisters, The Carpenters, Bing Crosby, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, the amazing Debbie Gibson, The Muppets, and Andy Williams.


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Central Junior High (Euless, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Christine Bell Cumberledge, conductor) - 18 December 2019 (2019 Midwest Clinic)
  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Steve Layman, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Arkansas Winds (Farmington) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) - 15 December 2019
  • Lone Star Symphonic Band (Katy, Tx.) (Bob Bryant, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • New Orleans (La.) Concert Band (Charles Taylor, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Encore Concert Band (Mokena, Ill.) (Rachel Ozark, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Triangle Wind Ensemble (Cary, N.C.) (Evan Feldman, conductor) – 15 December 2019
  • Orcas Island (Wash.) Community Band (Karen Key Speck, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band (New York, N.Y.) (Henco Espag, conductor) - 14 December 2019
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Wind Symphony (David Kehler, conductor) – 14 December 2019
  • Illinois Valley Community College (Oglesby) Wind Ensemble (Phil Whaley, conductor) – 12 December 2019
  • Westmount Secondary School (Hamilton, ON) Wind Orchestra (Chad Benning, conductor) - 12 December 2019
  • Franklin (Mass.) High School Wind Ensemble (Diane Plouffe, conductor) – 10 December 2019
  • Mahoosuc Community Band (Bethel, N. H.) (Patricia Boyle Wight, conductor) – 9 December 2019
  • Parkland College (Champaign, Ill.) Concert Band (Larry Stoner, conductor) - 8 December 2019
  • Ripon (Wisc.) College Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Kurt Dietrich, conductor)– 8 December 2019
  • Whitehouse Wind Symphony (Somerville, N.J.) (James P. Sheeley, Jr., conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Stetson University (Deland, Fla.) University Concert Band (Doug Phillips, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • Tualatin (Ore.) Valley Community Band (Kevin Soon, conductor) – 8 December 2019
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown) Wind Symphony (Scott C. Tobias, conductor) – 8 December 2019


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Anderson, L. (1948). Sleigh Ride [score]. Belwin-Mills: Melville, N.Y.