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Showstopping “Night B4 Xmas”

Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed

Greetings, All.


     If next year you're looking for a holiday concert showstopper/headliner piece, may I suggest “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” set to melodies of beloved carols and, for the last verse, a spoof of the opening movement of Bach’s “Magnificat in D” ?

     Performed all around the San Francisco Bay Area, most recently this month by both San Jose and Monterey Symphonic Choruses, the 7-minute piece always stops the show cold.  Very big responses.  Choral groups and directors have loved putting this fun piece together.

     Arranged for more advanced choral groups, there are 4 versions available: SATB; SAB; SSAA; SA.  The original version is accompanied by 1 piano 4 hands.  There is also a single pianist accomp. version available; but the expanded 4-hand version, available as a separate entity, is recommended, as the piece is challenging.  There is also a fully orchestrated version.  

     You may hear PSFS singing the piece by going into my Web site,, clicking on Holiday & Seasonal, scrolling down to title and clicking on the blue play tab.       

     Sample pages of the score are also available for perusal.


Happy Holidays, All!

Ken Malucelli

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