Spirit of Christmas
Spirit of Christmas
American Prize semi-finalist for Orchestral Composition
Evokes the seasonal emotions many of us experience on the annual journey from late Fall through Christmas day with parallels to the symbols associated with candles on the advent wreath. Musically, it integrates traditional chamber orchestra (no low brass or percussion) with the improvised stylings of a jazz trio (piano, bass and drum set) in a quasi concerto format. Includes optional cadenzas for trumpet and cello. 5 sections – 22 minutes total (Sections can also be performed individually.)
Chamber Orchestra or larger: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 2 French Horns, 2 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses; Optional: Jazz Trio – Piano, Bass and Drum Set
Format: PDF download with a license to photocopy.
A rental option is available: $150 (+shipping) - bound score and saddle stapled parts. Contact by email for details.
1. Fall Mood (4:53)
Changing leaves, pumpkins and gourds illuminated by golden slanting light set the scene. Though nature is winding down, for many it’s an optimistic new beginning. Late autumn brings a whiff of colder air hinting towards winter.
2. Advent (5:00)
This reworking of the 12th century Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, connects us with the long history of this time of waiting by referencing medieval church bell towers, solemn drums and ancient harmonies before moving into a more contemporary interpretation.
3. Traditions (3:20)
The excitement of preparing for the holidays is reflected in the fiddle-like strains of the string section. Woodwinds and brass follow with passing wisps of favorite hymns and carols. As the deadline draws nearer, our happy anticipation becomes a bit tarnished by the frenetic pace.
4. Serenity (6:15)
A solo cello announces that, ready or not, Christmas Eve has arrived. Our hearts are again filled with peace and wonder on this Silent Night. A triple cadenza hints at tomorrow's excitement.
5. Celebration (2:53)
Christmas Day unreservedly gifts us with the joy and majesty of the season so that even Herald Angels Sing.