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The Huron Indian Carol

The Huron Indian Carol

Brébeuf, Jean de

Arr. Levesque, Craig


  • Ensemble: Brass Quintet
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Grade: 3
  • Duration: 2.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: CRL220

The Huron Carol (or, "Twas the Moon in Wintertime), is Canada's oldest Christmas hymn.  It was composed in 1643 by Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf.  He composed lyrics in the native language of the Huron people; the original title was "Jesous Ahatonhia" (Jesus, he is Born).  Today, it is commonly sung with English lyrics that were Jess Edgar Middleton in 1926.

World Parts are provided with this score when purchased as a PDF download.  Instrumentation for standard and a number of alternate parts make 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 (alt. Eb Horn, Bb Baritone T.C.)
Part 4 - Trombone B.C. (alt. Bb Trombone T.C.)
Part 5 - Tuba B.C. (alt. Eb Bass T.C., Bb Bass T.C)

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