Russian Christmas Music By Alfred Reed Performed by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
NYWS and The New York Wind Symphony's Honors Chorus perform Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed. Taken from the New York Wind Symphony's Christmas Concert in December, 2013 - part of their 24th season. Artistic Director and Conductor is Richard F. Regan.
Disclaimer: I own nothing. The audio content of this video is the property of the Dallas Wind Symphony and Reference Recordings. Note: Before anyone asks, that is an organ performing with the band. As several band experts probably know, the organ is not included in the original score, but Jerry Junkin wrote it in because the Dallas Wind Symphony had the power and beauty of the Meyerson Symphony Center's Lay Family Organ at their disposal, and he felt that an organ part played on such a wonderful instrument would suite the piece very nicely. The added organ part was performed by Resident Lay Family organist Mary Preston. The behemoth of Christmas music for concert band, Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music" is one of the most celebrated works in the repertoire, to the point where it's among a select few band pieces to receive an orchestral transcription. Written in December 1944, the piece was commissioned for a concert in Denver that aimed to improve U.S.-Soviet relations. Reed was commissioned to write the "American" work, while the "Russian" work was supposed to be Sergei Prokofiev's "March, Op. 99." However, Prokofiev's piece had already been performed in the U.S., so Reed was reassigned to write a "Russian" work only sixteen days before the concert. The result was "Russian Christmas Music." The piece is commonly divided into four sections, each revolving around liturgical music from the Russian Orthodox Church. The main carol used in the piece is "Carol of the Little Russian Children," which opens the work. Performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony, taken from their album "Horns For The Holidays."
Recording of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.A Composition by Alfred Reed.(1944) Russian Christmas Music 1.Carol of the Little Russian Children 2.Antiphonal Chant 3.Village Song 4.Cathedral Chorus.
Since New Year's was the bigger holiday in the Soviet Union by far, most of the Russian songs are in fact about New Year's, whereas the covers of English songs are more about Christmas proper. 0:00 Jingle Bells 2:50 Silent Night 5:25 O Christmas Tree 8:25 White Christmas 14:00 The Little Drummer Boy 17:50 Little Santa Claus 22:39 The Twelve Days of Christmas 28:20 Joy to the World 30:30 Deck The Halls 32:25 Santa Claus is Coming to Town 33:40 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 36:00 Let it Snow 37:35 Hooray For Christmas 39:10 We Wish You a Merry Christmas 40:10 Я отошел (I Walked Away) 43:25 Каляда (Kaliada) 45:00 დალაე (Dalae) 47:25 Пять Минут (Five Minutes) 50:10 Заздравная (Grace) 52:50 Новый Год к нам идёт (New Year's Comes to Us) 54:58 Новый Год (New Year's) 58:07 Веселый Новый Год (Happy New Year's)