Christmas Music for Orchestra

Christmas Music for Orchestra
© Chad Madden

A selection of music guaranteed to get audiences into the festive spirit!

These 25 pieces range from symphonic fantasies on Christmas themes to simple carol arrangements for modest forces. They include familiar favourites such Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s evergreen A Carol Symphony and Malcolm Arnold’s The Holly and the Ivy, as well as concert pieces by John Joubert, John Harbison and Bryan Kelly. Duke Ellington and Lior Rosner offer contrasting, but equally compelling takes on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, while short pieces by Samuel Barber, Gian Carlo Menotti and John Tavener encapsulate the spirit of Christmas in each composer’s individual style.

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A Carol Symphony (1927) 24’
Victor Hely-Hutchinson
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The Holly and the Ivy: Fantasy on Christmas Carol (1991) 9’
Malcolm Arnold

Nativity Prelude (2004) 13’
John Joubert

Christmas Vespers (1988) 24’
John Harbison
Narrator, hn.2tpt.tbn.tba

Improvisations on Christmas Carol (1969) 12’
Bryan Kelly

The Nutcracker Suite (Duke Ellington) (1960) 17’
arr. by Duke Ellington
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Sugar Plum on the Run (2016) 14’
Lior Rosner
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Die Natali — Chorale Preludes for Christmas (1960) 16’ 
Samuel Barber

Introduction, March, and Shepherd’s Dance (from “Amahl and the Night Visitors”) (1951) 7’
Gian Carlo Menotti

The Lamb (1982, arr. 2006) 4’
John Tavener

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(October 2020)