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We Wish You a Merry Christmas Around the World

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Traditional, arranged by Charles L. Booker, Jr.

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Print Music Source
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $18.00; (digital) - $15.00


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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bell Tree
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong, large
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

The theme and variations approach to this timeless holiday favorite takes us on a musical journey around the globe, presenting We Wish You a Merry Christmas in the musical styles of each country or region. It incorporates styles representing Scotland, Ireland, England, Austria, Germany, the Far East, Spain, Russia, France and the United States.

- Program Note by publisher

We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a popular English Christmas carol from the West Country of England. The greeting "a merry Christmas and a happy New Year" is recorded from 1740, although the earlier history of the carol is unclear. It is absent from West Country song collections of the early 19th century. In 1935, Oxford University Press published a four-part choral arrangement by Arthur Warrell under the title A Merry Christmas, describing the piece as a "West Country Traditional Song". Warrell's arrangement is notable for using "I" instead of "we" in the lyrics; the first line is "I wish you a Merry Christmas". It was subsequently republished in the collection Carols for Choirs (1961), and remains widely performed.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Lufkin (Texas) Community Band (David E. Smith, conductor) – 4 December 2016

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