Score and Parts
Christmas Carols Selection for Flexible Quartet
arranged by Kouichirou Oguni
Below Carols are on this work;
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (by Richard Storrs Williams)
O Christmas Tree (Old Folk song)
DING DONG! MERRILY ON HIGH (by Charles Wood)
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)
“Halleluja” from Oratorio “Messiah” (by Georg Friedrich Handel)
Publisher：Golden Hearts Publications（ONSA）
Printing Material：color fine paper
This work is a selection of 13 carols from famous Christmas Carols, which can be played by Flexible Quartet of Wind Instruments.
Most of Corals are 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 Coral 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 agogik should be added, according to melodies and progress of music.
Consequently, tempo indications are also general indications, and tempo of each Carol can be changed by decision of players.
Remarks on play:
Oboe, Clarinet, and Soprano Saxophone of Part I. can be played by 1 octave lower notes.
Flute, Oboe, B♭Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Trumpet
B♭Clarinet, Trumpet, E♭Alto Saxophone, Alto Clarinet, F Horn
B♭Tenor Saxophone, F Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon
B♭Bass Clarinet, E♭Baritone Saxophone, Tuba, Bass Trombone, Bassoon, Contrabass