by Brian Slawson
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba—4-octave*, 3 timpani, Suspended cymbal, Accessories (triangle, sleighbells, temple blocks, tamourine)
Falling to sleep on the night before Christmas is no easy task for a child. While anxiously dreaming of things to come, the clock ticks and tocks. Such is the story of Brian Slawson’s Christmas Day.
Following a festive statement from the solo chimes, holiday cheer spills forth in musical colors only percussion instruments can provide. The clock (temple blocks) starts its countdown to the big day amidst a light and carefree melody.
Rhythms are generally basic and repetitive. So besides providing holiday cheer, Christmas Day is a great vehicle in which to teach younger players the basics of handling 12/8 time. This piece gives entry-level players to prepare a rousing piece in limited time. You can’t wrap that kind of gift with a bow!
Christmas Day ships as a professionally spiral bound folio with a full color cover. Individual parts are included as printable PDFs on a CD-ROM. No more lost parts!