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The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Product Number: RBM-225

Composer: Bass, Randol Alan



This setting of the famous Christmas poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (attributed to Clement Clarke Moore but, in actuality, probably written by an Englishman, Major Henry Livingston, Jr.) was commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra. The first performance of the work took place in that city during the Orchestra’s Holiday concerts in 1988, under the baton of Robert Page.

The piece is cinematically conceived, and each poetic image of the narration is imaginatively colored in such a way that audiences can clearly visualize the happenings from passage to passage. Some rehearsal is required to properly align a live performance of the narration, in such a way that the orchestral framing is synchronized moment-by-moment with the text of the poem.

Fortunately, a matchless performance of the work, featuring Shakespearean actor Sir Derek Jacobi as narrator with the National Symphony of London, has been captured as part of the Kodanja Christmas album A Feast of Carols, with the composer conducting. This album may be purchased from the distributor, among other sources.

Duration: 7:00
An Orchestral Version is also available for rental.

Additional Information

SKU (Product number) RBM-225
Available Editions Full Orchestra Version available for rental.
Composer/Arranger Bass, Randol Alan
Voicing & Instruments Narrator, Two-Pianos or Full Orchestra
Instrumentation 3[1.2.3/pic] 3[1.2.Eh] 3[1.2.bcl] 3[] — 4 3 3 1 — tmp+3 — hp — str — Narrator
Liturgical Year Christmas
Difficulty Difficult
Notable & Recent Performances Columbus Symphony Orchestra, November 2018
Cleveland Pops Orchestra, November 2018
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, December 2018
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, December 2018
Popular Keyboard Searches Piano Duet; Piano Four-hands
Publisher Randol Bass Music

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