@Dr-GO said in Christmas Services:
This just in from the Medical Director at the Lutheran Church:
Four common carols: O Come all ye faithful - Hark the Herald - Angels we have heard - Joy to the World. These are all robust and call for trumpet descants. I'd like to propose a plan something like Melody verse 1, no trumpet verse two, descant for final verse. I've descants for both B flat and C trumpets for the four above. I would also like to have two featured numbers in the prelude: Gesu Bambino, with voice on the verses and trumpet on the refrain and the coda. Second number: O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel)
So it seems the Christmas Program is coming together.
Hark the Herald: I do this one straight, with just the ascending lines into accented spots on the last verse (and quietly playing bass line during the verse we skip - hey, I'm a euphonium player at heart and by training after all)
Angels we have heard....: Just an ascending run into the last refrain with a Hollywood flourish at the end for me.
Joy to the world: OK, this one has those wonderful ascending bass lines - if you add them in. Our trombone (my 83 year old mother, a pro English horn/oboist who returned to bone for the first time since college a few years ago and practices a couple hours a day for fun) nails those. I add in a last verse adaptation of the Canadian Brass medley version with some of the low brass runs from the London Brass recording brought up an octave. (best on a fanfare trumpet)
Oh Come all ye Faithful is my favorite. I have my own semi-descant part for the opening verse of 4 in this hymnal. Verse 3 is the Wilcox arrangement with trumpet on the descant, and verse 4 is the Wilcox again with tutti organ and simple fanfares inserted on trumpet.
As for prelims, I am hoping we will be doing the Lovelace Concertato on Adeste Fidelis (had a heck of a time finding a copy), though with the new organ still in a thousand pieces and a teen-age french horn that keeps missing the few rehearsals - I don't know. I played that last in 1981 when just starting high school with other high school players, one of whom is now Principle Trumpet of the Empire Brass. He and I split the voicing on Gesu similar to what was suggested only Trumpet to Euphonium.