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'Christmas Saxophones: Saxmas' - Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite', 'Let it Snow', 'Blue Christmas' et al. arr. For saxophone ensemble / UK Sax Cats; UK Mega-Sax & the UK Saxophone Quartet; Osland Saxophone Quartet w/ Raleigh Dailey trio

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Johnson, Jay : Blue Christmas
>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!
>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
>Moore, Clement Clarke : A Visit from Saint Nicholas, poem ("'Twas the Night Before Christmas")
>Hirsch, Rick : God Rest Ye, Merry Wildcats, for saxophone quartet
>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
>Traditional, Christmas : Angels We Have Heard on High
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Christmas has long been the most popular and fun Holiday in Western culture. We ALL love listening to Christmas music. But, we are all so tired of the same old songs played over and over and over again. This release solves that issue. What can be more fun, fresh and exciting than hearing our favorites, but with a twist. Christmas Saxophones: SaxMas features some of the finest saxophone players in Kentucky as we turn the season on boring, stale Christmas songs in saxo-fun charts! This energetic release offers you cool jazz arrangements as well as some traditional charts arranged to please the ear and place a Holiday smile on your face. Mark Records is well known for producing fun, original, thought provoking and interesting releases. This ultra-fun Christmas series features this Saxophone release, Christmas Tubas, Christmas Trombones, Christmas Clarinets, and Christmas Brass Ensembles with more instruments to follow.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: David Henderson Recording (11/17/2015); Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall, University (11/17/2015); David Henderson Recording (12/18/2015); Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall, University (12/18/2015).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Ensemble: Uk Saxcats
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
  • Ensemble: Raleigh Dailey Trio
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Johnson, Jay : Blue Christmas
  • Performer: Ian Cruz
  • Ensemble: Uk Saxcats
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Styne, Jule : Let It Snow!
  • Ensemble: Uk Saxcats
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
  • Performer: Jonathan Barrett
  • Ensemble: Uk Saxcats
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Moore, Clement Clarke : A Visit from Saint Nicholas, poem ("'Twas the Night Before Christmas")
  • Conductor: Lisa Osland
  • Ensemble: Uk Saxophone Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1823

>Hirsch, Rick : God Rest Ye, Merry Wildcats, for saxophone quartet
  • Conductor: Miles Osland
  • Ensemble: UK Mega-Sax Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Hopkins, John Henry : We three kings
  • Conductor: Miles Osland
  • Ensemble: UK Mega-Sax Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1857

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Conductor: Miles Osland
  • Ensemble: UK Mega-Sax Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Traditional, Christmas : Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Conductor: Miles Osland
  • Ensemble: UK Mega-Sax Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1840

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Conductor: Lisa Osland
  • Ensemble: Uk Saxophone Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864