We Wish You a Mambo Christmas

From Wind Repertory Project
Erik Morales

Traditional, arranged by Erik Morales

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Electric Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Agogo Bells
  • Bongos
  • Conga
  • Cowbell
  • Guiro
  • Timbales


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a popular English carol from the West Country of England. In the comprehensive New Oxford Book of Carols (1992), editors Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott describe it as "English traditional" and "The remnant of an envoie much used by wassailers and other luck visitors"; no source or date is given. Various print and online sources date the carol to the sixteenth century, without giving a source.

The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as "figgy pudding" that was very much like modern-day Christmas puddings. A variety of nineteenth-century sources state that, in the West Country of England, "figgy pudding" referred to a raisin or plum pudding, not necessarily one containing figs.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Celebrate the holidays mambo-style! This stunning arrangement features authentic grooves using only those percussion instruments found in a typical Latin percussion ensemble. Optional piano and electric bass parts are included to make the piece even more engaging. After the piece moves into a more relaxed mambo feel, the music suddenly switches to double-time in a jaw-dropping transition that brings the piece to a fiery conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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