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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion (December 17, 2016)

We often start playing Christmas music after Thanksgiving, but the traditional Christian liturgical period between the American holiday of Thanksgiving and Christmas is known as Advent. It’s a period in which we look forward to Christmas. In the Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran churches, especially, there are hymns for this period. In addition, there are certain secular songs which are more accurately characterized as advent songs—because they don’t have words about Christmas, but rather about how Christmas is coming. Meredith Willson of “Seventy-Six Trombones” fame wrote one of these—“It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas”—which begins this edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion.

You will also hear wind-band arrangements of popular music from Walk the Moon, Amy Winehouse, and Queen.

  1. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
    Composer:  Meredith Willson (1902-1984)
    Performer:  Frederick Fennell and the Fennell Symphonic winds
    Album:  You've Been Very Good
  2. Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth (Puer Nobis Nascitur, circa 1450)
    Composer:  Traditional, Music arranged by Michael Praetorius (1609),Harmonized by George R. Woodward (1910), Words by Ambrose of Milan, translated by George Woodward (1910)
    Performer:  Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral and English Brass Ensemble
    Album:  Christmas Music from St. Pual's
  3. Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming (1609)
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
    Performer:  Semper Brass Dresden
    Album:  Blasermusik zur Weihnacht
  4. Sleepers, Awake
    Composer:  J. S. Bach
    Performer:  Empire Brass
    Album:  Bach Festival for Brass and Organ
  5. Jesus Is on the Mainline
    Composer:  Traditional (first recorded 1937)
    Performer:  Treme Brass Band
    Album:  Treme Traditions
  6. Dreydl Song
    Composer:  Al Sack
    Performer:  Klezmer Conservatory Band
    Album:  Oy Chanukah!
  7. A Viking's Tale
    Composer:  Kevin Houben (1977- )
    Performer:  Nagoya University of Arts Wind Orchetra
    Album:  Unknown Journey
  8. Shut Up and Dance (2014)
    Composer:  Ben Berger and Ryan McMahon
    Performer:  Midwest Winds
    Album:  Unknown Journey
  9. Tribute to Amy Winehouse
    Composer:  Peter Kleine Schaars, arranger
    Performer:  Midwest Winds
    Album:  Unknown Journey
  10. Don't Stop Me Now
    Composer:  Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)
    Performer:  Midwest Winds
    Album:  Unknown Journey

Air Date: 

Saturday, December 17, 2016



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