Winter Holiday for Woodwind Quintet by Ernest Brandon
Published by Eighth Note Publications
Includes score and parts
Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, F Horn, and Bassoon
Wanting to expand the Yuletide repertoire for our wind quintet, I thought a medley would be fun if I could combine some happy tunes. The three I selected are Over the River and Through the Woods, Deck the Halls, and Jingle Bells.
As each song is presented, a short hint of one of the others is often heard as an accompanying figure, then the last portion of the piece is a somewhat rhapsodic treatment of all three songs together. I enjoy giving each instrument an interesting part to play, so everyone gets the melody from time to time – both the horn and bassoon seem to appreciate melodic passages… – E.B.