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Christmas Spirit

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

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

>Holst, Gustav : In the bleak mid-winter
  • Performers: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (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: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (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: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Smith, Jonathan : A Little Christmas Medley, for brass quintet & percussion
  • Performers: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (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: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (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: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (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: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

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

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

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Performers: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (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: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1900

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

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

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performers: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (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: Richard Groller (Percussion); Steven Mathiesen (Percussion); Kevin Spear (Percussion); Michael Vought (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 15th Century