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Three Ships

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David Gillingham

David Gillingham


Subtitle: For Flexible Wind Band with Adaptable Parts


General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 2:50
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Piccolo (optional)
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F

Part 4

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Horn in F

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 6

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • String Bass (optional)

Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-VI (optional), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Congas
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Ribbon Crasher
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Three Ships is based on two traditional Christmas carols of contrasting mood, I Saw Three Ships and In the Bleak Midwinter. The first is lilting and upbeat while the latter is somewhat melancholy and heartfelt. I Saw Three Ships dates back to the 17th century and In the Bleak Midwinter is based on a poem written by Christina Rossetti in 1872, and later set to music by Gustav Holst in 1906 (The English Hymnal).

The work begins with both carols being stated followed by a short development section featuring the percussion. Then, in “tour-de-force” style, a slightly modified version of I Saw Three Ships is combined with In the Bleak Midwinter. A short coda stating the final phrase of I Saw Three Ships concludes the piece in upbeat style.

- Program Note by publisher


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