Our Christmas and Chanukah Music Catalog

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INSTRUMENTAL SELECTIONS

MP3 Title Composed (Arranged)
Brassy Holidays   (Medley for brass, percussion, and organ) (Scott Hale)
Caribbean Sleigh Ride   (Our hit original Latin fast-merengue for Christmas!) Robert Wendel
Carol of the Bells   (The Famous Ukranian Carol gone wild!) (Robert Wendel)
A Chanukah Overture   (Medley of 5 Chanukah songs) (Dana Friedman & Robert Wendel)
Christmas a la Valse!   (A medley of 7 holiday tunes in 3/4 time) (Robert Wendel)
Christmas Fantasia  (A medley of 3 holiday carols with a Rennaissance feel.)   (David Culross)
Christmas Morning  (A wonderful original tone poem for orchestra.)   Christopher Nickel
A Classical Christmas Suite   (Complete - Individual movements below) (Robert Wendel)
      Overture to a Merry Christmas   (After Mozart's Overture to the Marriage of Figaro) (Robert Wendel)
      We Three Kings   (After Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.) (Robert Wendel)
      Jingle Fourth   (After Mahler's 4th Symphony) (Robert Wendel)
      Little Bolero Boy   (After Ravel's Bolero) (Robert Wendel)
Little Bolero Boy   (for Concert Band) (Robert Wendel)
Coventry Carol   (After Ralph Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia) (Robert Wendel)
Fanfare & Christmas Celebration   (A medley of 3 carols with antiphonal brass introduction.)   (David Culross)
Fantasia on Yeroushalaim Shel Zahav    ("Jerousalem Of Gold" for Chanukah) Robert Wendel
Following Yonder Star   (A musical picture of the journey of the Magi to Bethlehem.) Christopher Nickel
Good King Wenceslas   (After Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, 3rd mvmt) (Robert Wendel)
Hymn of Thanksgiving   ("We Gather Together" instrumental version.) (Robert Wendel)
In The Manger   (Away In A Manger and Gesu Bambino instrumental version.) (Robert Wendel)
A Klezmer Nutcracker   (Tchaikovsky's classic revisited for Chanukah.) (Steve Cohen)
The Nativity Bells   (After William Byrd, this reaches back over 400 years.) Robert Wendel
O Holy Night (Thais)   (Adolphe Adam unexpectedly meets Jules Massenet.) (Robert Wendel)

SELECTIONS WITH CHORUS OR SOLOISTS

MP3 Title Composed (Arranged)
A Christmas Carol Fantasy   (4 carols for SATB or SSA Treble choir.) (Paul Campbell)
Angels in the Snow  (An original carol for SATB and 2 part Treble Choirs.)   Tracey Rush
The Bells of Christmas  (An original song about all types of Christmas bells.)   Robert Wendel & Vince Trani
The Best Christmas of All  (From the CBS original musical "Mrs. Santa Claus.")  Jerry Herman
A Celtic Nativity  (4 traditional Celtic Carols in a beautiful medley.)   (Paul Campbell)
Christmas Through Children's Eyes  (A longing for the Christmas of a child.)   Robert Wendel & Vince Trani
An Evergreen Christmas  (All about holly, ivy and Christmas trees.)   (Robert Wendel)
The Friendly Beasts  (The classic carol for 2 part treble choir and orchestra.)   (Tracey Rush)
Holiday Greetings  (An original salute to ALL the year-end celebrations.)   Robert Wendel
Hymn of Thanksgiving   ("We Gather Together" For SATB chorus and orchestra.)   (Robert Wendel)
In the Giving We Receive  (A most simple yet beautiful original song.)   Kim Oler & Greer Woodward
In The Manger (Vocal Version)   (Away In A Manger and Gesu Bambino.) (Robert Wendel)
It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without You   (A jazzy vocal work for chorus or soloist.) Robert Wendel & Vince Trani
Jingle Bells (Choral)   (A Hollywood style arrangement with all 3 verses!) (Paul Campbell)
Little Christmas Child  (A tender original song of peace and hope.)   Thomas Q. Fulton, Jr. & Dr. Michael T. Griffith
Maria Wiegenlied  (Mary's lullibye or cradle song beautifully orchestrated.)   Max Reger (Paul Campbell)
A Merry Christmas Sing Along  (Lower keys make this an annual sell-out.)   (Robert Wendel)
One Earth, One Sky  (Apropos for both Christmas and Chanukah.)   Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard
Ring Out Bells, Ring!  (The German song with new English lyrics for treble choir.)   Robert Wendel
Rudolph, Bells, and Holly  (Johnny Marks' 4 most famous Christmas songs.)   Johnny Marks (Robert Wendel)
Santa Dear  (A child's letter of denial to Santa.)   Robert Wendel & Vince Trani
Still, Still, Still  (The second most popular Austro-German song after Silent Night.)  (Robert Wendel)
This Is Chanukah  (A new, original song about the lighting of the Menorah.)   Robert Wendel
Up On The Housetop  (The 1864 secular Christmas Carol about Old Saint Nick.)   Hornby (Campbell)
We Need a Little Christmas  (Our smash arrangement recorded 3 times already!)   Jerry Herman
We're Having A Heat Wave For Christmas  (For chorus or soloists)   Robert Wendel
Wonderland Of Snow  (Our 4 song medley that is all about SNOW!)   (Robert Wendel)

Detailed listings

GOOD KING WENCESLAS (After Tchaikovsky)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Our latest Christmas-Classical mash-up takes Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, 3rd movement, and blends it with the Christmas Carol Good King Wenceslas in an amusing new take on this 13th century dance-carol.
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, Bass Drum, Cymbals, and Strings.
Duration:3:25
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)

CARIBBEAN SLEIGH RIDE

by Robert Wendel
Description: As it gets cold outside, turn up the holiday heat with this fast merengue full of congas, guira, temple blocks, whip cracks, and authentic Latin rhythms. This will be a fun surprise for all at any holiday concert. This work is now regularly being paired with Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" for a real change of pace (and lots of jokes about the Olympic Jamaican Bobsled team!)
Comments: NOW a truly International "hit" with over 250 performances in in 5 countries since it premiered in 2010 and has now become a part of the repertory for Cirque de la Symphony.
Comments: "Not that there weren't fun surprises among the Christmas fare, too: A percussive bounce permeated "Caribbean Sleigh Ride" by Robert Wendel as island-flavored snippets of carols such as "Jingle Bells" bubbled over the beat." — Matt Palm - The Orlando Sentinel Nov. 27, 2010
Comments: "First class pops---sort of Hernando's Hideaway meets Leroy Anderson. Lively, tunefull, punchy, fun, great middle. Should be played everywhere." The American Prize 2019 judging committee.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+ opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - 3-4 percussion, harp[opt], piano[opt], and strings
Duration:4 minutes
Rental Fee:$220/+$110/+$55 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

O HOLY NIGHT (After Massenet: Thaïs Meditation)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: If you do not have a vocal soloist or chorus available for your Christmas concert, why not give your concertmaster/mistress a moment to shine with this version of O Holy Night arranged in the style of the Massenet "Meditation from Thaïs." For that matter, this can be used as a surprise encore at any December concert!
Comments: 2015 World Premiere by The RTE National Symphony of Ireland.
Instrumentation:2/0/2/2 - 4/0/0/0, harp, solo violin, and strings
Duration:3:30
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)

CAROL OF THE BELLS

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: GO WILD if you care to with this free-wheeling arrangement of a traditional Ukranian carol which includes optional parts for as many metallic pitched instruments as you want, including glock, chimes, bell tree, hand bells, and even 3-pitched "Turandot" gongs! This one is a show stopper.
Comments: "Carol of the Bells is a stunning arrangement, and got a big response from the audience!" — Carl Topilow, cond. The Cleveland Pops.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp[opt], celeste[opt, or piano opt], and strings - Plus parts for optional HANDBELL choir and 3 pitched "Turandot" gongs or low bells.
Duration:3:40
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes:Optional set of handbell parts available upon request.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

IN THE MANGER

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Away In a Manger and Gesu Bambino are combined with a bit of "Venite Adoremus" in a truly beautiful musical Christmas picture.
Instrumentation:2+picc/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/0/opt 3/ - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, celeste, and strings + optional HANDBELL choir.
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

BRASSY HOLIDAYS

by Scott Hale (pictured)
Description:
Scott Hale
A wonderful fanfare for brass, percussion, and optional organ that is perfect for a concert prologue or after intermission "Entr'acte." Includes: We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Sing We Now Of Christmas, The Boar's Head Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, and Joy To The World. As heard in the end credits for "Hollywood Holiday At The Grove" 2005 syndicanted TV special.
Instrumentation:4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone & Tuba plus opt Timpani, 2-3 Percussion, and (ad lib) Organ.
Duration:2:45
Rental Fee:$120/+$60/+$30 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

THE NATIVITY BELLS

by Robert Wendel
Description: This work reaches back over 400 years to Renaissance composer William Byrd for its inspiration as the orchestra imitates the sound of church bells first from afar, then closer and closer as churches around the world join in announcing the birth of the Savior in a joyous peal. Almost hypnotic in its effect, the orchestration explores many different combinations of sustained and percussive combinations to add to the gradually building sonorities.
Comments: 2013 premiere cycle included: The Atlanta Symphony and The Gulf Coast Symphony.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, Chimes, Glock, Crotales, Harp, Celesta, and Strings.
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)

CHRISTMAS MORNING

by Christopher Nickel (pictured)
Description:
A beautiful sound portrait of falling snow, the children awaking and running downstairs to open their presents, a brass band playing carols in the distance, the family dinner, and a fanfare-like finale to the spirit of the day.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2+EHn/2+ BCl/2+CBn - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, celeste/piano-keyboard, and strings.
Duration:4:45
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: Mr. Nickel's awards include the 2004 Gold Metal for Best Action Score at the Park City Film Music Festival, the 2002 Golden Key International Performing Arts Award for Musical Composition, two 2009 JPF awards for "Best Contemporary Classical Album" as well as "Best Contemporary Classical Song" for Horizons, and two Leo Award nominations in the category of Best Score - Feature Length Drama for the films Loaded Dice and Thirst.
Notes: 2011 Premiere cycle included the Atlanta Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

FOLLOWING YONDER STAR

by Christopher Nickel
Description: Following the great success of Chris Nickel’s "Christmas Morning" introduced in 2011, we now offer this moving musical portrait of the journey to Bethlehem by the 3 Magi: A starry night, appearance of the "star" and the journey across the desert, arrival in Bethlehem, finding the stable, the adoration of the Baby, and then off on the return journey.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2+EHn/2+ BCl/2+CBn - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, piano, and strings.
Duration:4:40
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: 2012 Premiere by the Atlanta Symphony

CHRISTMAS FANTASIA

arranged by David Culross (pictured)
Description:
David Culross
"He Is Born, The Divine Christ Child," "Patapan," and "Masters In This Hall" take on a new life in this very modern-sounding medley with a definite "Renaissance" twist. Fun for orchestra and audience alike!
Instrumentation:3 (1d recorder, 3d picc)/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano-keyboard, and strings.
Duration:4:45
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

FANFARE & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

arranged by David Culross
Description: After an opening fanfare for brass, which can be performed with antiphonal placement in the balconies we are given new treatments of "Sing We Now Of Christmas," and "Angels We Have Heard On High" for the strings, winds and percussion before the brass rejoin (on stage) for the finale on "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!"
Instrumentation:3(3d picc)/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 3/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano-keyboard, and strings.
Duration:4:15
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: This work was commissioned and premiered by the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2010.

COVENTRY CAROL

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A Christmas Classic for Chimes, Harp, & Strings, arranged in the style of Vaughan Williams. Optional handbell parts available.
Comments: "...the stand out was his arrangement of the beautiful "Coventry Carol," which was full-bodied and richly scented with Vaughan Williams-like harmonies." — Andrew Lane, cond. Florida West Coast Sym. - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Instrumentation:
Duration:3:40
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS SUITE

arranged by Robert Wendel
 
Description: A classical Christmas suite. As equally at home on a year-end subscription concert as it is at a Holiday Pops concert, this suite draws its energy from 4 classical works kept as "in tact" as possible while giving full nod to the Christmas spirit!
Individual Movements:
  1. Overture to a Merry Christmas ( 3 minutes ) $200/+$100/+$50 Rented separately

    Mozart's Marriage of Figaro meets Joy to the World.
    "...an outstanding piece..." — Winkie Lee, Goldsboro News

  2. We Three Kings (So Unfinished Are...) ( 3:45 ) $190/+$95/+$47.50 Rented separately

    Based on Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

  3. Jingle Fourth ( 3:25 ) $190/+$95/+$47.50 Rented separately

    Mahler's Fourth Symphony turns into Jingle Bells.

  4. Little Bolero Boy ( 4 minutes ) $220/+$110/+$55 Rented separately

    The Little Drummer Boy a la Maurice Ravel

Comments: "Best of all these head puzzles was Robert Wendel's "Classical Christmas Suite", which craftily blended some well-known pieces from the symphonic repertoire with various seasonal favourites, all the while showing such good understanding of the original music. Who knew that Mendelssohn had only finished with "Joy to the World" what Mozart had begun so well in his overture to "The Marriage of Figaro?" It was all very clever fun, which could be enjoyed at many levels." — "The Brantford Expositor," by Murray Charters, December 10, 2012

"(Steven) Reineke brought us something really different in Robert Wendel's variation on a classic theme- "Little Bolero Boy." Combining Ravel with the Katherine K. Davis classic had me looking at something fresh in the familiar music, though I did feel a little naughty as the inevitable build happened. There's no other word but WOW! — "Swingin' Christmas" with NY Pops, "Q onStage" by Sherri Rase December, 2011

"This brilliantly clever composition, (you'd swear you were listening to Bolero, although it was clearly The Little Drummer Boy), was a thrilling toe tapper — possessing the same relentlessly hypnotic pulsations as the original piece." — Stewart Schulman, Theaterscene.net January 1, 2012

"Outstanding among all those smart arrangers was the work of Connecticut born Robert Wendel. Responsible for two other highlights ("In The Manger" and "We Need A Little Christmas"), his fiendishly clever marriages of well-known classical pieces with various carols in his "Classical Christmas Suite" early in the program was an absolute delight. Wendel nailed the essence of Mozart, Schubert and Ravel, while guiding their sounds into stimulating settings of five tunes from Joy to the World through Little Town of Bethlehem, We Three Kings, and Star of Wonder to a perfectly selected Little Drummer Boy to replace the repetitious melody of Bolero." — Murray Charters, Music Critic for The Brantford Expositor, Canada.

"The most unusual, by far, was Robert Wendel's 'Little Drummer Boy', an astonishingly successful hybrid of Ravel's 'Bolero' with the familiar song by Henry Onorati. Anyone a little bit high would have thought it was Ravel's 'Bolero', complete with snare drum and brassy send-up at the end." — Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music Writer for The Cincinnati Post

"The other number that really got my attention was an instrumental version of 'Little Drummer Boy' that was arranged like Ravel's Bolero! In fact from the very first listen the song could have been very easily written that way. This is a good example of arranging and orchestration and something to look for on a Christmas album, a little different and unique." — Goldenscores.com

"An arrangement of 'Little Drummer Boy' based on Ravel's 'Bolero' is pure genius..." — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (BP) Thursday, December 14, 2006

Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings. Alternate parts included for a 2/2/2/2 - 2/2/0/0, timp, 1 perc and strings version of the first 3 movements.
Duration:14-15 minutes (no trap set)
Rental Fee:$480/+$240/+$120 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each) All movements are available separately as priced above.
Notes: A CD quality download of the first 3 movements from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.
Notes:"Little Bolero Boy" has been recorded by Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops for Telarc, available on Amazon.com.

CHRISTMAS A LA VALSE!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of holiday tunes in 3/4 time: Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, We Three Kings, The Skaters' Waltz, Greensleeves, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Wassail, Wassail, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. This is one of our annual "sell-outs" with over 200 performances since it was introduced. Order early!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:6:00
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Notes:This work has been recorded by Michael Krajewski with the Houston Symphony and The Atlanta Youth Symphony's "Second Chance Christmas" album.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

FANTASIA ON "YEROUSHALAIM SHEL ZAHAV"

by Robert Wendel
Description: A musical fantasia on the Israeli folk song "Jerusalem Of Gold" (used in the film "Schindler's List"). Appropriate any time, including Chanukah.
Instumentation:1/1+EH/1/1 -0/0/0/0, 1 prc, harp, and strings
Duration:5:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

A CHANUKAH OVERTURE

by Dana Friedman and Robert Wendel
Description: A concert overture based on well-known Chanuhak songs: Maoz T'zur, Rock Of My Security (Rock of Ages), Al HaNisim, S'vivon, and I Have A Little Dradle (of course)!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Comments:"...utterly charming, spreading beauty along with an ecumenical spirit." — The Kansas City Gazette
Duration:5:30
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

A KLEZMER NUTCRACKER

by Steve Cohen
Description: A total rethinking of Tschaikovsky's holiday masterpiece, its 3 movements are designed to delight and amuse both Jews and Gentiles, and it's not just for Chanukah!
Instumentation:3(3rd dbl picc)/2+E Hn/2+B Cl)/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp, 2 perc, trap set, banjo, Fender Bass, Piano, Harp, and strings. (E Hn and B Cl are cross cued and optional. Banjo, Fender Bass, and piano are optional)
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:This work was commissioned by The New York Pops and premiered 12/16/2011, conducted by Steven Reineke.
Notes:"When I heard Cohen's arrangement, I had the same feeling of "right!" The miniatures included Klezmerized versions of "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy," "Arabian Dance," and "Trepak," and held the audience rapt from the opening notes." -Sherri Rase, "Q onStage" review.
Notes:"by far the most engaging work of the entire program, twisted three movements of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" into a nod to the Jewish musical traditions in a sort of "Fiddler on the Roof" meets Santa Claus - minor key slipping in where the major key would naturally fit." -Sherli Leonard, "The Press Enterprise" review.

A KLEZMER NUTCRACKER - CHAMBER VERSION

by Steve Cohen
Description: By popular request, Steve has created a reduced orchestra version of this very popular holiday work that retains all the fun and colors of the original for smaller ensembles.
Instumentation:2(2nd dbl picc)/1/2/1 - 2/2/1/0 - timp, trap set, Piano AD LIB, Harp AD LIB, and strings.
Duration:5:45
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

Works with Chorus and/or Soloists

UP ON THE HOUSETOP

by B. R. Hanby, Arr.: Paul Campbell
Description: Written in 1864, this is the second oldest secular Christmas song in a new, simple, and quite fun arrangement by Paul Campbell. Originally commissiond by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for their album "A Christmas Festival" it can be sung by S or SA womens chorus or S or SA treble choir.
Instrumentation:2 (2d Picc/2/2/2 - 4/2/3/1- 2 perc - Harp, and strings. Chorus can be S, SA, or S, SA Treble choir, or solo voice.
Duration:2:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 20 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.

THIS IS CHANUKAH

by Robert Wendel
Description: This new Chanukah song celebrates the lighting of the Menorah each night for 8 nights to remember the miracle of the Macabees. It begins softly with only one candle giving its light, but it gradually builds in volume and intensity as each new candle is lit, making the light grow stronger and stronger. Its flexible scoring allows for smaller ensembles, and its vocal compliment can accommodate a child or adult soloist, or a children's choir along with an SATB chorus, depending on your resources.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 2 Perc, Harp, Celesta, and Strings, plus Soloist (or Childrens' Choir) and SATB chorus.
Duration:4:05
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).. Includes 50 chorus books. (Extra books available at $0.25 each.)
Notes:Minimum sounding instrumentation is: 2/2/2/1 - 2 (or 3)/2/0/0 - Glock, Harp or Piano, and Strings plus Soloist and SATB chorus.
Notes:Premiered by The Philly Pops, David Charles Abell conducting, and The University Of Wyoming Symphony and chorus, Dr. Michael T. Griffith conducting. Called "engaging" by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Notes:Named as a finalist for "The American Prize" 2014 for choral composition.
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WE'RE HAVING A HEAT WAVE FOR CHRISTMAS

Music and Lyrics by Robert Wendel
Description: Christmas means snow, cold and sleigh rides to us northerners, but for those living below the equator, Christmas is a Summer holiday! This work addresses the totally different feelings associated with equatorial and southern hemisphere tropical climates in a comedic way including Santa in Bermuda shorts! Definitely a totally new take on Christmas songs.
Instrumentation:2 + Picc/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp, trap set, 2 perc, harp and strings with SATB chorus, or solo voice.
Duration:3:55
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.

JINGLE BELLS

by James Lord Pierpont, Arr.: Paul Campbell
Description: OK, it pops up in medleys and many audience sing-alongs, but how long has it been since you've performed the original, full-length version of this Christmas classic with the more adult oriented verses? Originally commissioned by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Christopher Bell in 2015, this new extended version of one of the most globally appealing Christmas songs restores all of James Lord Pierpont’s original lyrics. A vibrant, yet eminently singable SATB chorus arrangement sits at the core of a sparkling Hollywood style orchestration, sure to delight any festive audience.
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 - 4/2/3/1- 2 perc - Harp, and strings. Chorus can be SATB, Treble choir, or solo voice.
Duration:2:50
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.
Notes:

MARIA WIEGENLIED

Music by Max Reger, German Lyrics by Martin Boelitz, English Lyrics by Ed. Teschmacher, Arr.: Paul Campbell
Description: Subtitled "The Virgin's Slumber Song," this beautiful German carol by Max Reger and Martin Boelitz is sure to be a surprise hit at your Christmas concert. So beautiful and tender, it lends great variety to your program. Paul Campbell's chamber-style orchestration and arrangement supports the lyrics in both English and German with a beautiful transparancy throughout.
Instrumentation:1/1/1/1/ - 2/0/3(opt)/0 - 1 perc - Harp, Celesta and strings. Chorus can be SSATB, SSA women or Treble choir, or solo voice.
Duration:2:35
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.
Notes:

WONDERLAND OF SNOW

Arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Inspired by the record-setting snowfalls of Winter 2014-2015, this medley paints snowfilled pictures of "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," "Waltz Of The Snowflakes" (From The Nutcracker Ballet), and "Frosty The Snowman" with a jazzy feel.
Instrumentation:2+(opt)Picc/2/2+(opt)BCl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 3 Perc - Piano/Celesta (opt), Harp (opt), and strings, plus SATB chorus. Children's chorus can be added ad lib if you'd like.
Duration:6:15
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
50 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes: Premiered by the University Of Wyoming Orchestra and Chorus, Michael T. Griffith, conductor.

RING OUT BELLS, RING!

By Robert Wendel
Description: We have taken the 19th century German Christmas Carol "Kling, Glöckchen," written NEW English lyrics and set it for SSA or SA treble chorus and a reduced size orchestra with all sorts of ringing bells.
Instrumentation:2+(opt)Picc/1/2/2 - 0/2/0/0 - 0 + 3 Perc - Celesta (or piano octava), Harp, and strings (no double basses), plus SA or SSA treble chorus.
Duration:2:30
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
20 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 10¢ each.
Notes: World premiere Dec. 2 - 19, 2017 by The Philadelphia Boys Choir and the Philly Pops, Jeffrey R. Smith, conductor.
Notes:VIEW OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

Words and music by Robert Wendel
Description: This new work gives a nod to just about every year-end holiday you can think of from Advent to the Epiphany, and it received a very enthusiastic response from the premiere concert audience. Set in a sort of "21st century Baroque" style, this work spreads a feeling of good cheer to all listeners with an emphasis on a Happy New Year. The treble chorus is optional, as is the organ part, but if you have a good organ in your hall, there are 2 passages where it can be really shown off! If length is a consideration, the middle verse can be cut resulting in a timing of 3:40. This cut can be heard HERE.
Instrumentation:2+(opt)Picc/2+(opt)EHn/2+(opt)BCl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 3 Perc - Harp (opt) - Organ(Opt) and strings, plus SATB chorus and optional treble/children's chorus.
Duration:5:00
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
50 chorus books and 20 treble books are provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes: Premiered December 5th, 2014 by David Charles Abell conducting the Philly Pops, The POPS Festival Chorus, The Philadelphia Boys Choir, and Peter Conte on The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.
Notes:VIEW OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO
Notes: Named as a finalist for "The American Prize" in choral composition, 2015.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL FANTASY

Arranged by Paul Campbell (pictured)
Description:
Vince Trani
In its brief 3 year history, this arrangement has taken the UK by storm with some 26 performances and a French TV broadcast, and now we bring it to you, our clients! Songs included are: "Ding Dong Merrily On High," "The Sussex Carol," "Silent Night," "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen," and "Joy To The World." The scoring is extremely flexible with vocal parts for amplified soloist, SSA Treble chorus, or SATB chorus, or any combination of singers and choruses.
Comments: "I'm impressed with the orchestration which is not only well done, but doesn't overwhelm the SSA voices. That's a great skill and not one that everyone has when orchestration for children's voices. So thank you for suggesting it. I will use it again." — Christopher Bell - Conductor, RSNO, RTÉ and Ulster Orchestra Christmas concerts (20 per year), Conductor, National Youth Choir of Scotland, Chorus Director, Grant Park Chorus, Chicago, Chorusmaster, Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

"Paul Campbell's 'A Christmas Carol Fantasy' is a festive, elegant and bright piece that fits perfectly into an end of year concert with symphony orchestra. At Radio France, we were very happy to premiere the work in December 2012, where it served as our finale to a televised gala concert with l'Orchestre National de France. The writing is idiomatic, skillful and natural for all instruments involved including voice and made a great effect - both with the players and singers as with our audience and producers." — Sofi Jeannin - Musical Director of Choeur de Radio France et Maîtrise de Radio France.

Instrumentation:2 (2d Picc)/2/2(2d B Cl)/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 2 Perc - Harp - Piano/Celesta - Organ(Opt) - Keyboard(Opt to cover harp, piano & celesta) and strings, and vocalist/chorus.
Duration:6:30
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
50 chorus books OR 20 Treble books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each. Please specify which vocal books you need under "special instructions" on our order form.
Notes: Performance history includes: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, The Hallé Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Raymond Gubbay Ltd. (London), New Irish Choir and Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de France (with TV Broadcast).

A CELTIC NATIVITY

Arranged by Paul Campbell
Description: Following on from the continuing success of "A Christmas Carol Fantasy" we now present a beautiful medley of four traditional carols from Ireland and Scotland for mixed voices and orchestra by Paul Campbell. Bookended by the well-known titles of Scottish carol 'Child In The Manger' (recognizable as the tune for 'Morning Has Broken') and 'The Wexford Carol' ('Good People All, This Christmas Time'), this lushly scored suite of carols also includes other Celtic gems audiences are sure to love - the haunting Irish melody of 'That Night In Bethlehem' (Don Oíche Úd I MBeithil - provided in both English and the original Gaelic) and the beautiful Scottish cradle carol 'Balulalow.' The scoring is extremely flexible with vocal parts for amplified soloist, SA Treble chorus, or SATB chorus, or any combination of singers and choruses. Pronunciation guides by Celtic Woman Vocal Director Méav Ni Mhaolchatha are included with every vocal copy, along with alternate English lyrics.
Instrumentation:2 (2d Picc)/2/2(2d B Cl)/2 - 4/2/3/1 - Timp + 3 Perc - Harp - strings, and vocalist/chorus. Percussion includes: Bodrhán (or damped Med. Tom-Tom), Surdo (or Large Tom-tom), Tambourine, Chimes, Glock, Vibraphone, Triangle, Piatti, and Suspended Cymbal.
Duration:6:30
Rental Fee:$260/+$130/+$65 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
50 chorus books OR 20 Treble Books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each. Please specify which vocal books you need under "special instructions" on our order form. (SATB or SA Treble, and/or Soloist)
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A MERRY CHRISTMAS SING ALONG

Arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: This sing along medley has proven to be a major hit in its brief history. With lower/better keys it is easier for audiences to sing, and shorter intros and bridges make for more singing and less transitioning. It is also very flexible with numerous small cuts to tailor its length to your program needs. There is even an optional break for your conductor or concert host to pass along holiday wishes to your audiences! It contains: Deck The Halls, Jingle Bells. O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard On High, Silent Night, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas and can be as easily performed with or without chorus or soloists.
Comments: The "Merry Christmas Sing-Along" featuring the audiences joining in with "Deck the Halls" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," was the perfect ending to a magical show." — Amy A. Winnemoreon - PA Theatre Guide 12/6/2016
Instrumentation:2+(opt)Picc/2+(opt)EHn/2+(opt)BCl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 3 Perc - Piano/Organ (opt ad lib off of PV score), Harp (opt), and strings, plus optional voices (SATB, SSA, Soloists, etc.
Duration:6:25
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
50 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes: Full length is 6:25, but with all cuts, it is 5:00.

THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani (pictured)
Description:
Vince Trani
An original work for chorus and orchestra by Robert Wendel with co-lyricist Vince Trani which celebrates all the various bell sounds of the Christmas season: The postman ringing your door bell, Church Bells, Sidewalk Santa and Salvation Army bells and even your phone bell!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+ opt B. Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, opt celeste [or piano], opt HANDBELLS, and strings
Duration:3:40
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

IT WOULDN'T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani
Description: An jazzy original work for for baritone or mezzo solo, or chorus and orchestra by composer Robert Wendel and lyricist Vince Trani that expresses the universal longing for family and friends to be together at Christmas time.
Comments: "The audience really enjoyed the "newness" of the music as well as the piece itself, and the orchestra had fun playing it! In short, it works!" — Richard Chiarappa, cond. The West Hartford Symphony.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Set +2 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:3:10
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.
Notes: Premiere cycle included The Flint Symphony Holiday Pops TV broadcast, The Arkansas Symphony, and The West Hartford Symphony.

SANTA DEAR

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani
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Description: An original work for childrens chorus [or solo] and orchestra with lyrics by Vince Trani and music by Robert Wendel. This is a rather humorous "letter of denial" to Santa from someone who seems to get into a lot of trouble during the year. What if Bart Simpson wrote a letter to santa? This would be it!
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 -0/0/0/0 - timp, 2 perc, celeste (or piano), harp, and strings.
Duration:3:10
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
20 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:Our customers tell us that when this selection is performed by an adult in pajamas and a Teddy Bear, the comic result is amazing, with twice the laughs! Usually a board member, VIP, or local "celebrity" is used for maximum "effect," especially when sung TO your Santa after he comes on stage.

CHRISTMAS THROUGH CHILDRENS EYES

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani
Description: A new, original work for chorus and orchestra in waltz time. Mostly a joyous evocation of the simple joys of a younger age, but with a nostalgic turn in the coda. Premiered 2001 by Ken Staton and the Kona Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
Instrumentation:2+picc-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp - chimes - glock - sleigh bells - piatti - toy piano / harp / strings and SATB choir.
Duration:3:50
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

STILL, STILL, STILL

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A new setting of the traditional Austrian Carol for small orchestra with very easy optional wordless boy choir, childrens or womens chorus. This work has been described by critics as "atmospheric," and we totally agree. Of note is the fact that there are only 3 notes below middle C in this arrangement!
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/0/0 -0/0/0/0 - 3 perc, celeste, harp, and Violins 1 & 2 and violas only.
Duration:2:50
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
20 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.

IN THE MANGER (Vocal Version)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Away In a Manger and Gesu Bambino are combined with a bit of "Venite Adoremus" in a truly beautiful musical Christmas picture for choirs or soloists. Suggested combinations are: children's choir + womens chorus, children's choir + male or female soloist, or SATB chorus split as women and men.
Comments:
Instrumentation:2+picc/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/0/opt 3/ - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, celeste, and strings + 2 vocal lines.
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:
Notes:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 vocal scores. Extra scores are available at 25¢ each.

AN EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A wonderful medley of "Oh Christmas Tree," "The Holly And The Ivy," and "Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly" that is both rousing and tender, yet quick to rehearse.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:00
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental.
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra chorus books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:Used for the Christmas Tree lighting in "Hollywood Holiday At The Grove" 2005 syndicated TV special.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS

by Jerry Herman
Description:
Jerry Herman
The perfect opener for chorus & orchestra, with quotes from Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, White Christmas, and a direct reference to the Maestro!
Comments: "Another song on the unique side is "We Need A Little Christmas" from the long running show Mame. It's rousing and moves along quite nicely, a nice broadway number." — Goldenscores.com
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:3:10 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra chorus books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:This selection has been recorded by Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops for Telarc, available on Amazon.com, and The Atlanta Youth Symphony's "Second Chance Christmas" album. Please note that the demo mp3 available above is NOT from the Telarc or Atlanta CD.
This selection was also featured nationally in a Wal-Mart TV commercial in 2008.
This selection was used as dance music for a float in the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade national telecast on NBC.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS OF ALL

by Jerry Herman
Description: From Jerry Herman's Emmy nominated CBS television special "Mrs. Santa Claus." For 2 soloists (alto & baritone) or chorus and orchestra in a spectacular orchestration by Larry Blank.
Instrumentation:2+picc/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, celeste, and strings. Please specify 'Solos' or 'Chorus'.
Duration:3:00 [ASCAP]
Rental Fee:$240/+$120/+$60 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra chorus books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:This work was used for the opening credits of "Hollywood Holiday At The Grove" 2005 syndicated TV special.

RUDOLPH, BELLS & HOLLY

(The Christmas Hits Of Johnny Marks arranged by Robert Wendel)
(perusal materials available upon request)
Description:
Johnny Marks
For the Johnny Marks Centennial in 2009, we bring you a fresh, NEW medley for chorus and orchestra of his 4 greatest Christmas hits: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," and "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day." From a very simple start to a stirring conclusion, this arrangement will delight the young and old alike... and don't be surprised if your audience starts to sing along!
Instrumentation:2+picc-2-2+BCl-2/4-3-3-1/timp-chimes-glock-sleigh bells-piatti-temple blocks, bass drum, optional organ/harp/strings and SATB choir.
Duration:6:00
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books. Additional books are available at 50¢ each.
Notes: This work is intended for SATB chorus, however, a children's choir can be added as in the demo recording.
Notes: For those who want to "keep it light" you can pencil in a final chord at bar 117. This shortened (3:35) version which excludes the last number can be heard by clicking HERE

ANGELS IN THE SNOW

by Tracey Rush (pictured)
Description:
Tracey Rush
A delightful holiday musical Christmas Card commission/premiered in 1998 by the Knoxville Symphony (Kirk Trevor). 1999 saw performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony (7 performances), Dubuque [IA] Symphony, Kona Community Orchestra and others. 2002 had 7 performances by Erich Kunzel. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of this new Christmas classic with over 100 performances to date.
Comments: "Destined to become a new holiday standard." — Lucas Richman, Conductor of The Pittsburgh Symphony
Instrumentation:2-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp +3perc/harp/strings, organ ad lib, SATB choir, 2-part treble choir, solo SATB quartet.
Duration:4:12
Rental Fee:$280/+$140/+$70 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books and 20 treble books. Extra books are available at 25¢ each.

THE FRIENDLY BEASTS

arranged by Tracey Rush
Description: A touching carol for childrens chorus and reduced orchestra where the 'animals' present at the Nativity recount their contribution to the baby's birth. Premiered by the Dubuque Symphony, Nicholas Palmer conducting.
Instrumentation:1/1/2/2 - 3/0/0/0 - 2 perc + strings plus children's chorus.
Duration:4:00
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 20 chorus books.

LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHILD

by Thomas Q. Fulton, Jr. and Dr. Michael T. Griffith (pictured)
Description:
Michael Griffith
A tender carol for chorus and orchestra. The very spirit of Christmas expressed in its simplest form, instantly memorable and very quick to rehearse.
Comments: "A lovely but unfamiliar carol, it deserves to be heard." — Tony Mastroianni, The Cleveland Press, 12/12/08.
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/0 - glock, and strings.
Duration:2:30
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra books available at 50¢ each.

IN THE GIVING WE RECEIVE

by Kim Oler (pictured) and Greer Woodward
Description:
Kim Oler
This new Christmas Classic for chorus and orchestra, already in the libraries of many choruses has now been orchestrated for chamber orchestra by Robert Wendel at the request of the composer.
Instrumentation:2/1/2/2 - 2/0/0/0 - Glock, Triangle, and strings.
Duration:3:30
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each) Includes 50 chorus books.

ONE EARTH, ONE SKY

by Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard
Description: This new holiday hymn is equally at home as a Christmas or Chanukah work and can easily bridge the two in concert as it sings of one earth, one sky, and one God that unites us all in peace and brotherhood on this planet. The phrase: "Shanti, Salaam, Shalom" ("peace" in Sanskrit, Arabic, and Hebrew) is repeated in every refrain. This is a work of true beauty and utter simplicity.
Instrumentation:2/1/2/2 - 2/1+E Hn/2/1 - 1/0/0/0 - Chimes, Triangle, and strings.
Duration:3:00
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each) Includes 50 chorus books.

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