Canadian Brass Christmas Carols (Easy)-Flex Brass Music

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Canadian Brass Christmas Carols (Easy)-Flex Brass Music

Grade 2.5

Easy Series with flexible options for performance. Easy Level - with easy to intermediate level descant trumpet (optional)
15 Easy Arrangements for Brass Quintet, Quartet or Sextet with Flexible Instrumentation and optional Keyboard. arr. by Lloyd Larson
Ideal Accompaniments for congregational singing in churches or other groups. Also great for performances by brass only (with possible keyboard accompaniment).
Two Versions of each carol: the Standard Version found in hymnals, in the common key, plus a "Variation Verse", with a free and interesting arrangement
Flexible Instrumentation, for any of these combinations:
  • Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trombone 1, Trombone 2
  • Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Trombone 1, Tuba
  • Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone 2
  • Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Tuba
  • Brass Quintet Option: Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone 2, Tuba
  • Brass Sextet Option: Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn in F, Trombone 1, Trombone 2, Tuba (Horn & Trombone1 respectively Trombone2 & Tuba double the same part)
  • Use the keyboard parts for German style Posaunenchor
  • Use the Descant part for Trumpet Duets
The keyboard accompaniment and/or trumpet descant may be used with any combination; the keyboard duplicates the brass parts for support and completion.
Contains: Angels We Have Heard on High * Away in a Manger * The First Noel * Go, Tell it on the Mountain * Good Christian Friends Rejoice * Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * Joy to the World * O Come, All Ye Faithful * O Come, O Come, Emmanuel * O Little Town of Bethlehem * Once in Royal David's City * Silent Night * We Three Kings * What Child is This

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  • 3
    Great for Brass, Piano keyboard parts not so great

    Posted by James H Haley on 13th Dec 2016

    I have this along with many other brass arrangements. For brass they are good. The big weakness is the optional piano / keyboard parts. My pianist hates the piano parts and says they appear either lifted straight from a hymnal or not written by a pianist. The mitigating
    news is these parts can often been played by the brass while the pianist uses an old hymnal. Please Canadian Brass, hire a pianist to do the accompanist arrangements!

  • 5
    Excellent!

    Posted by John on 2nd Oct 2016

    I obtained these arrangements for a group of above average musicians who rarely play. Very easy to put together. Very flexible arrangements. My group of amateurs this year consists of baritone, 2 trombones, and 2 trumpets. I transposed the 2nd trumpet part for one of the trombones and had the 2 trumpets play the trumept 1 and descant parts. This created a very nice (but easily mastered) true quintet sound. (If we had more time to rehearse I would love to try some of the more advanced arrangements!)

  • 5
    very useful and playable Christmas classics

    Posted by Unknown on 2nd Dec 2015

    I have used these arrangements in various venues and found them to be solid useful versions of these classic Christmas melodies.

  • 4
    Nice Sounds for the Holidays

    Posted by Michael Boyce on 20th Nov 2014

    We have the CB Christmas Hymns after using the similar Hymn (nonChristmas) sets also. We wish they were more challenging but infact they sound good and are very useful. There are some pleasant ssurprises. Even at site they work well. With the options for multiple parts and instruments any small group can make them work. I am on my second set of each. (Sent this set to my sons brass choir)

  • 5
    Imaginative carol settings

    Posted by Charles Aiken on 12th Nov 2014

    In addition to well written basic carol settings, the variation verse included for each carol greatly expands the musical potential of these well loved pieces. These appeal to informed and knowledgeable musicians.