Transcribed 2008, ed. 2012 for combined Concert Choir and Concert Band
Fantasia on Christmas Carols was premiered on December 6th and 7th, 2008 by the combined festival choirs and bands of Doane College.
Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote Fantasia on Christmas Carols for baritone solo, chorus, and orchestra in 1912. I was commissioned by Doane College nearly a hundred years later to transcribe the piece for their annual Christmas Festival. In order to accommodate all of the personnel that would be performing, it was necessary to greatly expand the orchestration to add several wind parts. The vocal and strings parts are unchanged, but the wind instrumentation is now fit for a full wind ensemble. The transcription was premiered December 6th and 7th, 2008 by the combined festival choirs and bands. It was re-edited for performance on December 9, 2012.
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