Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas

No. 212 of the ongoing ITYWLTMT series of audio montages can be found in our archives at https://archive.org/details/pcast212



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Merry Christmas!

THis new montage - our last for 2015 - gathers classical treats, popular standrads and some traditiional woeks set for wind band.

I programmed titles both from the French (Canadian) and English repertoires, faniliar I hope to everybody.

Some of the "stand alone" classics come from Adolphe Adam (Minuit, Chrétiens, which is known in English as O Holy Night), Frederick Delius (his charming sleigh ride) and Corelli's Christmas Concerto. Bemjamin Britten and Ralph Vaighan-WIlliams both provide variations based on a pair of well-known carols: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen and Greensleeves. Marcel Dupre also adapted a well-known French carol for organ.

Also featured this week a re three "medleys" based on traditional carols arranged by Andre Jutras, Aldo Forte and Leroy Anderson. My apologies if some of the traditional songs get featured more than once! Another medley features Fernand Gignac singing White Christmas in a French translation followed by a well-known French children's carol Petit Papa Noel.

Finally, Mikhail Pletnev arranged a suite for solo piano of some of the great moments of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. You will find the complete ballet in a past montage here.

I think you will love this music too!