Merry Christmas Card!

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Here’s my 2007 Christmas Card!

It’s the first two pages of the (39-page) score of my Christmas carol arrangements for ten wind players – we’re still arguing about whether the word is ‘Decet’ or Dectet’ – which received their triumphant premiere play-through last night, to the accompaniment of mulled wine and mince pies.

There are eight movements:

1 – The Mediaeval One (Gaudete)
2 – The Basque one (Atoz, atoz)
3 – The French one (Il est né, le divin enfant)
4 – The Old English one (The Coventry Carol)
5 – The One About The Holly (from Cornwall)
6 – The Other French one (Nous voici dans la ville)
7 – The Other Mediaeval One (The Boar’s Head Carol)
8 – The Very Traditional One (Dies natalis tibi felicitatis)

No. 8 is actually a joke – it was Grahame (the 1st flute)’s birthday…

Now my challenge is to find a way to (a) convert the score into a sound file, and (b) put it on here for your delight!

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2 Comments on “Merry Christmas Card!”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Re “decet” vs. “dectet” – the get-out is “double wind quintet” (DWQ)!

  2. jonathanburton Says:

    No. 2 should be ‘Ator, ator’ not ‘Atoz’ — I got that wrong.

    Many thanks to Jacques Imbrailo for (unknowingly) introducing me to this beautiful Basque carol.


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