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Carol of the Bells

Carol of the Bells

Leontovych, Mykola

Arr. Hirschman, Ed


  • Ensemble: Brass Quintet
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Grade: 3
  • Duration: 2.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: ABP0050

"Carol of the Bells" is based on a repeated four-note ostinato thought to be of prehistoric origins with magical implications. The composer created the piece as an assignment for a harmony course he was taking by correspondence in the use of an ostinato.  It is now popular worldwide, and is performed and sung during the Christmas season.

This arrangement for brass quintet features the low brass in its support role. It also includes a new contrapuntal interlude in major that plays on the four note motif.

World Parts are provided with this score when purchased as a PDF download.  Instrumentation for standard and a number of alternate parts makes this playable by almost any 5 piece brass ensemble:
Part 1 - Bb Trumpet (alt. C Trumpet)
Part 2 - Bb Trumpet (alt. C Trumpet)
Part 3 - F Horn
Part 4 - Trombone
Part 5 - Tuba B.C

To order the Gig Ready Brass Quintet Library, Volume V: Holiday #2, which contains this arrangement and 24 others, click here.

The ScoreFlipper rendition features the excellent playing of the Spanish Brass Luur Metalls from their CD entitled "SuBLiMe Christmas".

Review by Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet, University of Kentucky of Spanish Brass-SuBLiMe Christmas in the International Trumpet Guild Magazine

Another commercial arrangement is Christmas Time is Here, which boasts exuberant trumpet improvisation and a tight ensemble groove. Throughout the entire disc. the group’s exquisite musicianship provides a most diaphanous texture in which all parts are always clearly heard. In addition to providing a wonderful sonic experience, this disc also promotes some wonderful new arrangements of holiday tunes. Several of the works including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Carol of the Bells, Christmas Time is Here, Clearly Midnight, What Child, and Three Free Kings, are published and available through Art of Sound Music. With superb musicianship, clever arrangements, and superior engineering, this disc is a must-have for all who enjoy holiday music for brass quintet. 

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