"I really like the range of moods and colors in these
they are definitely unique."
---- Scott Hartman, Proteus 7, Boston University
“These carols are great! ‘What Child Is This’ has a
warm, innocent quality,
‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ moves all over the horn and has a big finish,
and ‘Jingle Bells’ really swings. These are the best Christmas carols I’ve seen.”
-Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, NY Philharmonic, Four of a Kind trombone quartet
Includes 9 carols: "O Come All Ye Faithful", "What Child
Is This?" "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen",
"The Holly and the Ivy", "Jingle Bells", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Up On the Housetop", "Good
King Wenceslas", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"*
* this arrangement of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
is featured on
the classic Christmas CD "Trombones Under the Tree" (Summit Records)
The Summit Records Christmas CD “Trombones
Under the Tree”, featuring Joseph Alessi, , Mark Lawrence,
Carl Lenthe and M. Dee Stewart, is one of Summit's best selling CDs, having been featured on the Home
Shopping network and elsewhere. Elkjer Music publishes the sheet music to several of the selections on
"Trombones Under the Tree", in "Trombone Quartet Christmas Carols, Volume II".
The arrangements in "TQCC, Volume II" are not your
run-of-the-mill “SATB” arrangements. They are written
for trombones (not transcribed from some other instrumentation), and each arrangement has a fresh, unusual
quality that catches the listener’s ear. These are not “one-time-through” quickie arrangements either. They
all have a second chorus, most of which modulate and use new harmonies and rhythms. "TQCC Volume II"
is rated intermediate to advanced. Technically the arrangements are not that difficult, but they do contain
a handful of high notes in the first trbn part. The highest written note in Volume II is a Eb, but an ossia
low Eb part is included. There are a handful of Cs and Dbs (forte, stepwise approach), but the vast majority
of Volume II stays below Bb5. Jazz harmonies and rhythms are sometimes explored, while always maintaining
the essential Christmas spirit of the music. Certainly within the grasp of any well rehearsed college ensemble.