Winter Jubilee – December 11, 2023

Hello MSW Friends!

Section leaders received electronic copies of your section’s music this evening. Please be on the lookout for an email from your section leader with your parts. Remember that you’re responsible for printing your own parts this concert cycle. 

Rehearsal starts well before our first downbeat on October 26. Please take a moment to listen to our repertoire and study your parts. 

If you still have master copies of the music from our current concert cycle, please turn them into me at rehearsal this week. Thank you!
Aria, Peeters
Quarter = 48 – 50

Aria is the second movement of Belgian organist and composer Flor Peeters’ Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Opus 51.  

Christmas Fantasia, Yagisawa
Quarter = 72 – 144

Commissioned for the Seika Girls High School band for its annual concert, Yagisawa combines a melody similar to Holst’s Jupiter with Christmas songs. 

Christmas in Spain, Day
Quarter = 130

Christmas in Spain is Kevin Day’s first piece for young concert bands. He wrote the piece in just a few hours over fall break.  

Choose Something Like a Star, Thompson arr. Bukvich
Quarter = 60

Originally written as a four-part chorus and dedicated to the townspeople of Amherst, Massachusetts. The choral piece is a setting of Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star” and part of Thompson’s Frostiana album.

Color, Margolis
Quarter = 120

This five-movement piece is based on Renaissance-era English instrumental folk dances. From the composer: “The focus of this music is not the melody, but rather setting–that is, the accompaniment, the texture, the color, and the harmony.” 

Escape Tones, Hanson
Quarter = 68 – 72

Hanson wrote Escape Tones for the 2022 Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band. It was commissioned by a consortium of band programs headed by the Minnesota Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association.

Festival Fanfare for Christmas, Wasson
Quarter = 96

MSW last played Wasson’s Festival Fanfare for Christmas in 2014. It’s back, baby!

L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1, Bizet
Quarter = 96

Bizet arranged the movements of L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 from the four strongest numbers from the 27 incidental music settings he wrote for Alphonse Daudet’s play L’Arlesienne. The first movement’s theme is based on the Epiphany carol “March of the Kings.”

Overture to a Winter Celebration, Stephenson
Half Note/Quarter = 96

A joyful medley of some of your favorite holiday tunes. 

You can also listen to most of the rep as a YouTube playlist.

Thank you!
Amanda Lanser
MSW librarian