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christmas composition with brass quintet and percussion

I'm interested in Christmas concert pieces for professional choir, using professional brass quintet and percussion (or timpani).  
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on August 20, 2013 8:06pm
Non percussion answers might included…
Gabrieli:  In Ecclesiis (not Christmas but always popular in the season)
Schutz:  Dank sagen wir alle Gott –Historia von der Geburt Jesu Christi
Pinkham:  Christmas Cantata (organ needed as well)
on August 21, 2013 6:09am
In ecclesiis calls for 8-pt brass with organ.
Robert A. M. Ross
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on August 21, 2013 8:33pm
Ooops! Senior moment: the work requires 6 brass but has 8 vocal lines...
Robert A. M. Ross
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on August 21, 2013 3:28am
I have a cycle "Christmas Come In!" for mixed-voice choir and brass quintet (no percussion though). It's 4 movements, and about 12 minutes duration. Has two traditional northern hemisphere texts, and two from the southern hemisphere which speak of summer Christmases.
Happy to send a sample score electronically if you'd like to see it. Also have a fairly good recording of it.
David Hamilton
Auckland, New Zealand
on August 21, 2013 4:15am
I just finished hark the Herald Angels Sing for organ, brass quintet, snare and timpani  send me email for a copy
on August 21, 2013 6:16am
I have a Glory to God for SATB, brass 5-tet & 2 perc. (inc. timps) on the familiar passage from St. Luke. With pros it will go together very easily. Please contact me for score samplers.
Robert A. M. Ross
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on August 21, 2013 7:42am
John Rutter's Gloria would fit the bill, especially the first movement.  (I believe it also includes organ, though.)  
on August 21, 2013 11:06am
The Rutter does include organ, and can't be done with a quintet. As I remember, it is for 4 tpts, 3 tbns, tuba, percussion & organ.
on August 21, 2013 9:33am
Canite Tuba (Sound the Trumpet) is a lively Christmas work for SATB (divisi), 3 trumpets, three trombones, timpani and percussion, which was commissioned of me by the CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corp. – to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its live Christmas Sing-in. Canite Tuba was premiered by New York based composer/conductor Julian Wachner with largely Montreal Symphony Orchestra professionals. It requires organ as well, which could be handled with a touch of dexterity on a piano or keyboard. It is just over six minutes in length. A clip of it may be heard at,_Chantons_Noel,_a_soalin,_canite_tuba,_Patriquin.html
(It may need a bit of time to load.)  The excerpt does not start with its fanfare beginning, but just prior to the entry of the elephants. The text is biblical.  Full performance and sample score available.
Donald Patriquin
on August 21, 2013 11:18am
I have composed a cycle of carols called Now is the Time.  It is for
chorus, baritone solo, brass quintet, and timpani.  The words are mostly
medieval, modernized.  The whole set lasts 50 minutes (16 numbers), but
you could choose whatever numbers suit your needs.  (And if fifty minutes
isn't long enough, I could add some more!)  Not difficult for professional
singers and players.  
Some of the numbers have been published by William Thorpe; visit
my page on his web site and check out Carol of the Field Mice, Chesterton's
Carol, Tyrley Tyrlow, and I Saw a Fair Maiden.
Please let me know if you care for more information, or a score and a recording.
Brian Holmes
on August 21, 2013 5:08pm
While it does not include percussion, my anthem Welcome all wonders, published by Paraclete Press, calls for a very good choir and brass quintet.
on August 22, 2013 6:32am
Like Donald Patriquin, I was also commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. to write a piece for their Christmas program in 2009. "Peaceful, the Wondrous Night" is also 6' SATB with organ, 3  trumpets, 3 trombones and percussion. Let me know if you want me to send you a copy.
Ruth Watson Henderson
on August 23, 2013 4:10pm
Hi Ruth. Believe me– timing and orchestration were total coincidence; or is it that "Great minds..." (!!!)
I'd love to hear your work; have you an mp3 version?
on August 24, 2013 7:55am
Hi Donald. I would love to hear your work also. Do you have an mp3 version of it? Unfortunately I don't have one of my piece. The producer obviously asked us both for the same instrumentation. I was very pleased with the performance that was given.
Best wishes,
on August 22, 2013 8:28am
Hi Jonathan,
You're probably inundated with suggestions by now, but just in case, can I mention a setting of the Gloria I did a year or two ago?  Circumstances of its first performance dictated that I set the accompaniment for brass band, but I am in the process of refining it and re-scoring it for a small brass ensemble plus timps.  The piece is for SATB with some divisions, lively in character, mainly in 7/8 time and with a fugal ending.  
To give you an idea of how the piece sounds, you may care to look at some extracts at, but I must warn you that it is not a professional performance, and it would benefit enormously from slicker brass playing!  I'm in the process of adding a part for soprano to give a little more contrast, and would be happy to send you a score once it is complete (in a week or two). The whole piece should last about 8 minutes or so.
Gordon Thornett, UK
on August 23, 2013 7:18am
Perhaps you know it, but Richard Dirksen's Welcome All Wonders is spectacular. It's either 4 or 5-part brass + timpani and organ and has a small soprano solo.
on August 23, 2013 9:43am
hi Jonathan,
below is a link to recordings of two arrangements of mine for SATB choir (with divisi) and brass quintet (no organ or piano).  the titles are "How Far Is It To Bethlehem?" and "Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine", and the recording is of the Chicago Mastersingers who also commissioned them.
i could write percussion if you like the pieces and wish to use them.  all the best!
on August 24, 2013 5:45am
You should check out the "Missa Carolae" by James Whitbourn (Chester/Novello) - it is about 25 minutes and scored for SATB, brass, percussion and fife or piccolo.  It is really a fantastic work - I will be doing it againthis season in December.  Mr. Whitbourn's music is just wonderful!! 
James Moyer
Presbytetrian Church of Lawrenceville, NJ
Pennsbury Community Chorus
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