Music For CHRISTmas!

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        CHRISTmas Toccata - "Desert Fleet"   This is a rollicking and humor-filled exposition of I Saw Three Ships (both tunes in counterpoint!) with a humorous intrusion of The Navy Hymn.  "We Three Kings" are sent to the corner of the sand dune for impudent behavior!  - approx. 1:30, SA Eastern Territory Scoring, moderately difficult.   Listen to the scamp!

            March - Resounding Joy! (Festival Band Scoring, symphonically based on the phrase "repeat the sounding joy” from Joy to the World, it also incorporates bits of Good King Wenseslas, not very difficult once the concept is understood, approx 2:10, just a good Christmas frolic which pokes a little fun at the ever-present parade marshal and his clipboard and whistle.  Dedicated to B/M Peggy Thomas)  
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Brass Sextet   Terms:  Each item $25.00 unless otherwise priced.    Please see:
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Christmas Triptych:    Includes, Intrada, Pilgrimage, Idyll, Celebration!, & Nativity Potpourri

        I. Intrada   Based on Fairest Lord Jesus and Joy to the World this abstract fanfare paves the way for the Christmas Suite and Nativity Potpourri, or it can stand alone. Approx. :50, moderately difficult.  Dedicated to Barbara Jean Jennings Getz.  Single item.

        II. Christmas Suite (Single item - Dedicated to Jean Christiana Marion Getz)

        1. Pilgrimage   This unusual treatment appropriately treats We Three Kings using the pentatonic tonality. It depicts the star trek toward Bethlehem, complete with an interruption by King Harod. It leads seamlessly into Idyll. approx.1:50, not difficult technically . . . (except for some of the horn part!)

        2. Idyll    This uses a cluster sonority on the tritone as a backdrop for an unusual treatment of Silent Night  in 4/4/ time! It is quite serene and pulls one out of the prosaic treatments of this lovely song, approx. 1:55, not technically difficult.

        3. Celebration!   Based on God Rest you merry, Gentlemen it is a frolicking dance that is so energy packed that it fairly bursts with exuberance. approx. :55, just fun, not hard.   Listen with a Click!

        III. Nativity Potpourri    This is a gentle medley superimposed on suggestions of Wagner's Christmas piece Siegfried Idyll. Woven into that tapestry are fragments of Away In A Manger (two different tunes), Deck The Halls, Silent Night, Joy To The World, Intrada, and O Little Town Of Bethlehem. It is every bit as tender as Wagner's masterpiece. It is as though the tunes are being played somewhere else and the breeze wafts a little of this one, then that, in a lovely fragmentation that leaves very little out. approx. 2:30, not difficult.  Dedicated to Robert Christian Jennings Getz.  Single item.    Listen to it with a click!
  
       CHRISTmas Toccata   This is a rollicking and humor-filled exposition of I Saw Three Ships (both tunes in counterpoint!) with a humorous intrusion of The Navy Hymn - approx. 1:50, moderately difficult.    Click Here to Play it. 

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Brass Quintet   Terms:  Each item $25.00.    Please see:
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        March - Resounding Joy!   2 cornets, horn, trombone and tuba. Symphonically based on the phrase "repeat the sounding joy” from Joy to the World, it also incorporates bits of Good King Wenseslas, not very difficult once the concept is understood, approx 2:10, just a good Christmas frolic.

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        CHRISTmas Toccata   This is a rollicking and humor-filled exposition of I Saw Three Ships (both tunes in counterpoint!) with a humorous intrusion of The Navy Hymn - approx. 1:50, moderately difficult.   Listen with  a Click   

        March -  Resounding Joy!   This is a fun little Christmas march written first for Salvation Army band and then adapted to several other mediums.  About 2:10, moderate difficulties.  Click to Listen

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            Choral  Terms: $8.00 plus $2.00 for additional copies.             

         Joy To The world!  (SATB) - This little piece is accessible to any ability level of voice or keyboard.  It is full of driving energy and joyous pizzazz.    It was commissioned by a little choir at Fremont Christian Church.  Piano accompaniment - Approx. 2:00   Listen to it!

        O Come, Immanuel (SATB)  - Commissioned by a tiny choir at the Fremont Christian Church, this treatment of the 8th century Gregorian chant is accessible to virtually any group.  It has an "authentic" feeling and the organ accompaniment lends to this.  The organ introduction shares the sobs of an exiled people. Approx 2:30  Listen with a click

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        Nativity Potpourri   (Here arranged for one high instrument and two low with piano.  Please see sextet, above to listen)  This is a gentle medley superimposed on suggestions of Wagner's Christmas piece Siegfried Idyll. Woven into that tapestry are fragments of Away In A Manger (two different tunes), Deck The Halls, Silent Night, Joy To The World, Intrada, and O Little Town Of Bethlehem. It is every bit as tender as Wagner's masterpiece. It is as though the tunes are being played somewhere else and the breeze wafts a little of this one, then that, in a lovely fragmentation that leaves very little out. approx. 2:30, not difficult.  Dedicated to Robert Christian Jennings Getz.  Single item.

        March - Resounding Joy!  One high Bb, two low Bb's and piano. Symphonically based on the phrase "repeat the sounding joy” from Joy to the World, it also incorporates bits of Good King Wenseslas, not very difficult once the concept is understood, approx 2:10, just a good Christmas frolic.   Click and hear it!

        Duet - Silent Night  For one treble instrument and one bass cleff with piano.  This is a serene, pastoral, contrapuntal treatment of the traditional favorite song.  Not very difficult.  Approx. 3:15   Hear it with Clarinet and Bassoon 

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PIANO: Selected Hymn arrangements by Bob Getz:   Each piano solo in this section is $5.  Please see:
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        Emmanuel - A rather lyrical and transcendent statement of Silent Night, approx. 3:10, a little harder than it sounds.  Play it!

        A Christmas Lullaby - Away In A Manger  - A gentle and easy treatment of the traditional tune.  approx. 1:45   Play it!

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Instrumental Solos With Piano   All solos are $8. 
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        Silent Night  - This treats the tune as a lullaby. It is not very difficult, but takes a few turns you won't hear elsewhere.  approx. 3:15.

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Piano Transcriptions of Salvation Army Band Masterpieces:   These pieces are not for sale, but can be obtained as bonuses for every $25.00 spent on other items in our catalog.

      
A Carol Fantasy - Eric Ball first conceived this piece as a string orchestra piece for a conducting appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1930's. It has since been adapted for brass band by Eric, for chamber orchestra (The White House Orchestra) by Stephen Bulla and now for piano solo (also for four hands) by me. approx. 5:07, quite a challenge in at least one or two places, otherwise not difficult. Very reflective and beautiful uses of Normandy Carol (Away in a Manger), The Holly and The Ivy, Coventry Carol, and The First Nowell.      

        The King of Kings, for solo piano!   Eric Ball's seminal masterpiece. I attest that this is his greatest work, and that it has yet to see a totally fulfilling performance.  Perhaps that performance will take place on piano, Eric's own instrument.  Time will tell.  God bless you!   Read About This Masterpiece     Play The King of Kings on piano

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Orchestra

          Suite - Prophecy Fulfilled - Strings and one each flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, tuba and timpani.  By Robert Getz.

         The composer's intent is to lead the listener from the Old Testament prophecy of a sign from God, the Messiah to be born to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, one of many), through the event itself, and to the joyous celebration of discovery.  Consequently he chose O Come Emanuel, March of the Three Kings, Silent Night and Joy to the world - before, during and after. The journey calls for the piece to be linear (contrapuntal), as opposed to vertical (harmonic) in concept.  The tunes accompany themselves in unique ways, which is intended to not only be musically interesting, but to draw one to the words of the carols - more importantly, their significance.  The tiny event, in human terms, has caused us to account for time by it forever - so momentous was that night!  

     The piece begins in the cold night of the desert and may, for some, intone a procession of monks chanting the age-old song of entreaty, O Come Emanuel, pleading for the manifestation of the Savior.   Abruptly, the three Wise Men, Kings, see the Star and march resolutely toward it in full assurance that they are on a divine pilgrimage.  The phrases "We Three Kings” and "Repeat The Sounding Joy” each are symbolically reiterated three times.   The "march” ends abruptly as the three noblemen realize that their trek has ended in the wash of divine light from the Star.  A fanfare fragment from the march (representing King Herod's nefarious mischief!is now transformed into a lullaby accompaniment to Silent Night, the Holy Scene at the creche, as they worship the newborn King of Kings.  The on-site celebration, which shall forever be known as CHRISTmas, begins with Joy to The World! 

     The exit-overture features some of the motifs of the piece and ends with a final shout of "The Lord Has Come!” followed as Silent Night accompanies a high trumpet statement of Repeat The Sounding Joy! . . . which the composer prays that this piece accomplishes (especially in this horribly troubled world!)  For two thousand and more years the King Herods of the world have never finished with the Christ . . . but, even today come up short in trying to frustrate His divine reign.  Hear The Studio Orchestra play it!

 

        A Carol Fantasy - for string orchestra, by Eric Ball.  Notes by Robert Getz

        In 1948 Eric Ball was engaged to conduct a six concert series with the London Symphony Orchestra.  He thought write a special Christmas piece for that series for the LSO strings.  Unfortunately he was overcome with fatigue and could not conduct the last concert.  The series and the piece were left unfinished by Eric.  He later revised the piece for Salvation Army band and it received some limited use.  The string score sat folded in half in his file for forty years!   In 1988 He and I were speaking on the telephone and the band piece came up.  I offered high praise for it, and he told the story of the concert series and the never-performed score for strings.  About two weeks later I received a package in the mail and a note attached to that first manuscript score for strings!  I trembled as I read:  "Enclosed is the original score for A Carol Fantasy for strings.  If you like it, keep it, and send me a copy if you get a chance."    I "liked" it . . .

        The piece opens with a viola solo of the Normandy Carol (Away in a manger) which is soon gently underpinned by violins and cello at pianissimo.  This evolves into a lush treatment with full string orchestra including many divisi's.   A 14 bar bridge introduces a pizzicato suggestion of The Holly And The Ivy which fulfills itself in rocking pizzicati fifths under an arco rendering of the tune in the violins.  This naturally evolves into a eerie questioning in muted strings over  a contrabass pedal-point.  The Coventry Carol  appears almost organically in a quartet of violas and cellos which is interrupted by the eerie muted violins.  As the full orchestra winds this tune down, The First Noel is most tenderly introduced, as though from the clouds above, to provide a coda as the piece fades over a last tender remnants of the pizzicati in the low strings.  Of the piece Eric wrote:

        " The aim of this setting is to reflect a meditative, even dream-like mood in contrast to the popular festive, even jolly conception of carol singing and playing.  It is hoped that the fantasy will also evoke an atmosphere of worship, for the carols included remind us not only of the incarnation, but also of the massacre of the innocents, and of the cross."     

         While the piece is quite beautiful for brass, the original string version is devastatingly beautiful.   Even in a computer realization the subtleties of the strings are apparent.  Great for brass but perfect for strings. As of this writing it has never been played.  Available only here.  Score and parts for 8 first violins, 8 second violins, six violas, four cellos and four basses (30).  Additionally, we will supply a photocopy of the original score for reference regarding Eric's various edits, etc. - $65.00 - $2.00 each for additional parts.  Listen to Eric's forgotten masterpiece!

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