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One piece a week - A little of your time, please! : Christmas Carols Selection for Flexible Quartet / arr. Kouichirou Oguni

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Christmas Carols Selection for Flexible Quartet / arr. Kouichirou Oguni

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Program notes :

This work is a selection of 12 carols from famous Christmas Carols, which can be played by Flexible Quartet of Wind Instruments.
Each Carol is short, so I made this work so that it’ll be suitable for small recitals, and basic and daily training for school bands.
Accordingly, the keys of each Carol are B flat major, F major, and E flat major.

I put tempo indications at the beginning of each Carol, but except them, I removed other marks for changing tempo (ex. Rit., Fermata), dynamics, and articulations, including slurs (legato).
This is because this work is based on Carols, in other words, “songs”.
Therefore, I would like all players to consider, “How should I sing my part score, in voice? And, by my instrument, how should I play?”.
Also, please carefully listen to other player (especially other parts), and then play comfortable music.

That is why, natural changes of dynamics and agogic should be added, according to melodies and progress of music.
Consequently, tempo indications are also general ones, and tempo of each Carol can be changed by decision of players.

(Kouichirou Oguni)

Below Carols are on this work;
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (by Richard Storrs Williams)
O Christmas Tree (Old Folk song)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Old carol from West country of England)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (by Lewis Henry Redner)
Hark! The herald angels sing (by Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn)
Angels We Have Heard on High (Traditional carol from France)
The First Noel (Old carol from West country of England)
Joy to the World (by Lowell Mason)
O come, all ye faithful (Unknown)
Silent Night! Holy Night! (by Franz Gruber)
Deck the Hall (Folk song from Wales county of England)

Instrumentation (Parts included in the set):
Part. I C Inst. (T.C.)
Part. I Eb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. I Bb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. I F Inst. (T.C.)
Part. II C Inst. (T.C.)
Part. II Bb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. II Eb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. II F Inst. (T.C.)
Part. II Bass Clef (B.C.)
Part. III Bb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. III Eb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. III F Inst. (T.C.)
Part. III Bass Clef (B.C.)
Part. IV Bb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. IV Eb Inst. (T.C.)
Part. IV Bass Clef (B.C.)
Part IV F Inst.

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