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Christmas Time Is Here

Christmas Time Is Here

Guaraldi, Vince

Arr. Hirschman, Ed


  • Ensemble: Brass Quintet
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 3.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: ABP029

“Christmas Time is Here” is Vince Guaraldi’s venerable holiday favorite featured in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The original piano version with children’s choir has beautiful and jazzy chords changes that evoke the spirit of the season.

I've kept those chord changes in this arrangement, but changed the feel to create a new and exciting chart that sounds fresh while keeping its roots in the original. This version starts with a Latin feel featuring a hip bass line that will energize your tuba or bass trombone player (an alternate, easier version of the part is provided if you buy as a PDF). The horn introduces the melody, which is then picked up by the trombone. The bridge is treated tenderly with intertwining chromatic lines that build to a dramatic crescendo led by the horn. The trombone resumes the Latin feel and then plays an improvised solo (written out solo also provided) over alternating 3/4 and 4/4 bars that keep everyone on their toes. A swing shout chorus led by the trumpets brings us to a finish with sparkling bell tones capped by a two note punch.

All in all, a unique and fun chart that is a refreshing change from the usual holiday fare.

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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