Christmas Spirit

Audio Samples

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Guaraldi, Vince : Work(s)
>     Linus and Lucy / Christmas Time Is Here
>Smith, Jonathan : A Little Christmas Medley, for brass quintet & percussion
>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Danson, Alan : A Christmas Carol - A Dickens of a Tale, suite for narrator, brass quintet & percussion
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Nelson, Steve E. : Frosty the Snowman
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
>Walter (I), Johann : Joseph, lieber Joseph mein
>Smith, Jonathan : Rudolph and Santa Medley, for brass quintet & percussion
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)

Album Summary

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
>Guaraldi, Vince : Work(s)
>Smith, Jonathan : A Little Christmas Medley, for brass quintet & percussion
>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
>Danson, Alan : A Christmas Carol - A Dickens of a Tale, suite for narrator, brass quintet & percussion
>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
>Nelson, Steve E. : Frosty the Snowman
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
>Walter (I), Johann : Joseph, lieber Joseph mein
>Smith, Jonathan : Rudolph and Santa Medley, for brass quintet & percussion
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Mainstreet Brass perform holiday classics and future favorites for brass quintet. Formed in 1986, Mainstreet Brass has performed for enthusiastic audiences at arts festivals, colleges and concert series throughout New England, the Midwest and the United Kingdom.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA (02/27/2009-03/01/2009).



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Works Details

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1904-1905

>Traditional, Christmas : Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1588

>Guaraldi, Vince : Work(s) :: Linus and Lucy / Christmas Time Is Here
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Smith, Jonathan : A Little Christmas Medley, for brass quintet & percussion
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish)
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 12th Century

>Danson, Alan : A Christmas Carol - A Dickens of a Tale, suite for narrator, brass quintet & percussion
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Deck the Halls (Welsh)
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1784

>Nelson, Steve E. : Frosty the Snowman
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1857

>Traditional, Christmas : Go Tell It on the Mountain, Christmas song (American)
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1900

>Walter (I), Johann : Joseph, lieber Joseph mein
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Smith, Jonathan : Rudolph and Santa Medley, for brass quintet & percussion
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Traditional, Christmas : We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Performers: Michael Vought (Percussion); Richard Groller (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century