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Three Ships (6-Part Flex Band Gr. 3)

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Genre: 6-Part Flex Band
Series: The SpectraFlex Series
# of Players: 6+
Level: 3 | Duration: 2:50
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2020


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    David Gillingham has masterfully merged the Christmas carols "I Saw Three Ships" and "In the Bleak Midwinter" to create an original, rollicking arrangement for 6-part adaptable wind band that students & audiences will find irresistible on a holiday concert.

    Genre: 6-Part Flex Band | # of Players: 6+
    Series: The SpectraFlex Series
    Level: 3 | Duration: 2:50

    Instrumentation
    Transposed Score (showing all transposed parts)
    Condensed Score (only "C" parts)

    Adaptable Parts
    (2 copies of each of all parts for each listed instrument)

    Part 1: Piccolo (opt.)/Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet

    Part 2: Flute/Oboe, B-flat Clarinet, E-flat Alto Saxophone

    Part 3: B-flat Clarinet/Trumpet, E-flat Alto Saxophone, F Horn

    Part 4: B-flat Clarinet/Trumpet, E-flat Alto Saxophone, F Horn

    Part 5: B-flat Tenor Saxophone, F Horn, Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon

    Part 6: B-flat Bass Clarinet, E-flat Baritone Saxophone, Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon, Tuba, Double Bass (optional)

    Percussion Parts (100% optional)
    Timpani (4 drums)
    Percussion 1: Bells [shared], Xylophone, Ribbon Crasher
    Percussion 2: Vibraphone, Claves, Marimba (4-oct.) [shared]
    Percussion 3: Marimba (4-oct.) [shared], Crash Cymbals, Bells [shared]
    Percussion 4: Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum [shared]
    Percussion 5: Bongos, Snare Drum
    Percussion 6: Congas (2), Bass Drum [shared], Triangle, Bells [shared]

    Program Notes
    Three Ships is based on two traditional Christmas carols of contrasting mood, "I Saw Three Ships" and "In the Bleak Midwinter." The first is lilting and upbeat while the latter is somewhat melancholy and heartfelt. "I Saw Three Ships" dates back to the 17th century and "In the Bleak Midwinter" is based on a poem written by Christina Rossetti in 1872, and later set to music by Gustav Holst in 1906 (The English Hymnal). The work begins with both carols being stated followed by a short development section featuring the percussion. Then, in “tour-de-force” style, a slightly modified version of "I Saw Three Ships" is combined with "In the Bleak Midwinter." A short coda stating the final phrase of "I Saw Three Ships" concludes the piece in upbeat style.

    ABOUT THE SERIES
    The SpectraFlex Series for adaptable wind band offers flexibility with pieces across all grade levels, featuring traditional high-to-low scoring with 5 or 6 parts and optional percussion. Each part is transposed and playable by a multitude of wind or keyboard percussion instruments while maintaining the spectrum of sound we have grown to love about the wind band.

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    • Three Ships (6-part flex band gr. 3) - David R. Gillingham

      David Gillingham has masterfully merged the Christmas carols "I Saw Three Ships" and "In the Bleak Midwinter" to create an original, rollicking arrangement for 6-part adaptable wind band that students & audiences will find irresistible on a holiday concert. http://c-alanpublications.com/three-ships-flex/ The SpectraFlex Series for adaptable wind band offers flexibility with pieces across all grade levels, featuring traditional high-to-low scoring with 5 or 6 parts and optional percussion. Each part is transposed and playable by a multitude of wind or keyboard percussion instruments while maintaining the spectrum of sound we have grown to love about the wind band. http://c-alanpublications.com/the-spectraflex-series/
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