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Christmas music

I conduct/teach a church choir of 20 or so singers. I am looking for Christmas music with instrumental arrangements. I cannot afford to purchase a $200-300 orchestration.  As I can only hire about 4 or 5 musicians to play. I would like to try to keep the costs under $100. Can anyone recommend music that would have less expensive arrangements? Anything will do really, I'll sort through the suggestions anyway.  We usually have about 9-10 rehearsals to prepare the work. Preferably, I would want an arrangement in E-flat for Alto saxophone, C for flute, and a part for trumpet. 
 
To God Be the Glory,
 
Caleb Walls
on July 22, 2014 3:48am
Will this have organ or piano as well? Orchestrating for only sax, flute and trumpet might be quite a tricky order! (Though I could do it.)

If you know what instruments you have available, I'll happily do a few arrangements for you - if you just want them doubling the existing harmony parts, that would only be $40 max (I'll email you the parts once they're ready, you can print as many copies as you like). Something with an instrumental fanfare or an original descant / harmony throughout would be closer to $100. Email me if interested - chris(a)hutchingsmusic.co.uk .
 
 
Chris
on July 22, 2014 6:01am
I have an arrangement of Deck the Halls for SATB with brass. Let me know and I can send a pdf. note-able at comcast.net
on July 22, 2014 6:51am
Hi Caleb,
 
My arrangement of 'Rise up, shepherd, and follow', with oboe obbligato (http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/rise-up-shepherd-and-follow-sheet-music/18424658) has a fairly light orchestration, but I'm not sure what OUP would charge to hire out the parts. (You could, however, just perform it with piano and flute accompaniment - there is a separate part written out for oboe or flute on the back page.)
 
However, if you'd like to take a look at http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?Ntt=thornett you'll see several Christmas settings, with the facility to 'look inside' and listen to some of them.  (You can also purchase music there, and print it off instantly!)   If there's anything you like there, and you think it might suit your choir, I'd be happy to do you an arrangement for whatever instruments you have available.  I agree with Chris that you'd probably need to include a keyboard (piano or organ) if you were only wanting to use the instruments you mention!
 
Hoping you might find something of interest there.
 
Gordon (UK)
 
 
on July 22, 2014 7:12am
Hello Caleb,
 
Not sure if this will fit your instrument availabilities*, but a work "Overture to Christmas" for SATB (also for SSA and TTBB) is a joyful and energetic piece of some seven minutes. Containing a number of traditional and not so traditional carol excerpts, it has often been sung as a concert finale. Its most complete scoring is for choir, two pianos and three percussion instruments. The latter are optional. The least scoring is choir and a single piano.
*Given enough time one of the piano parts could be scored for (your) specific instruments.
 
This piece may be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw9kGxnkgGM  (U. of Tennessee Concert Choir)
(The YouTube video begins with part of a rehearsal, followed by a full performance)
 
Donald
on July 22, 2014 9:47am
Hi, Caleb. Ken Malucelli here.  I have an SATB + French horn version of my "Noel nouvelet/The First Noel" fantasy (there's also one for piano four hands and one for brass quintet).  You can hear the piano version on my Web site, kenmalucelli.com.  Click on Holiday & Seasonal, scroll down to title and click on blue play tab.
 
I also have "Sleigh Ride" for SATB and brass quintet (2 tpts, Fr. horn, 2 tbones).  Just did that for a chorus up in Ottawa.  It's based on the original SATB a cappella version I'd done, some years back.  You can hear that on my recording engineer's subsite, 

http://sites.google.com/site/sbarta30/mocc

 

Thanks much for the consideration,

KM

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