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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Peter McNeill, Dec 21, 2009.
My favorite may be "Greensleeves". However, I prefer my Christmas carols played on cornet, not trumpet...
I think one of the greatest Christmas songs ever written is O' Holy Night. Several years back Manheim Steamroller did a wonderful arrangement of this ( it is on their 'A Fresh Aire Christmas' album ).
I liked this so much I took my 'C' trumpet and worked thru the melody and use the CD as a backup track. It lays well on the 'C' and really fits well with the rest of the orchestration. I have had the honor of being asked for quite a few years now to play this at the Christmas Eve services at several churches.
I really enjoy doing this but I must say that the song speaks to me so emotionally sometimes that it is difficult to get thru.
If you don't know where you are going it doesn't matter how you get there>
I did an arrangement of R. Vaughan Williams "Variations on Greensleeves" for piano and trumpet. It turned out to be quite nice.
"Es ist ein Ros' ensprungen" as set by Michael Praetorius, and "Wie soll ich dich empfangen" from Bach's Weihnachts Oratorium. It is Nr. 5 in Teil 1, and is best heard in context.
YouTube - Sissel - Det Hev Ei Rose Sprunge
YouTube- Tine Thing Helseth - Mitt hjerte alltid vanker (live, 2006)
My favorite XMAS tune is one that I whipped up just this year called Snowflakes for a Matador. I'm hoping to have all the legals pinned down so by next year, it can be ready for world wide consumtion.
My second fav would be O'Holy Night by the Jazz Ambassadors.
What he said. "Greensleeves" and "O Holy Night" are fantastic on the euphonium, too!
This has been a great thread! Keep the suggestions coming. I play unaccompanied by the Salvation Army red kettles and am always looking for good carols to add to my play list .
One of my all time favorites...
YouTube - Phil Driscoll - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1993)
I was going to suggest White Christmas from the same Phil Driscoll album