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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen- Trumpet Octet

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen- Trumpet Octet

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Instrumentation- Trumpet Octet (with optional Bb Pic./ Eb Cornet parts)
Composer- arr.Chidester
Length- 2:33
Difficulty- M
Range – Low G to high C
Endurance- 2-
Finger technique- 2-
Counting ability- 2-
Ensemble difficulty- 2-


Sometimes you arrange something which sounds good and yet is extremely easy to play. That was the case for this unusual setting of an old favorite. The 1st trumpet and 1st Cornet will require players, but the other parts are extremely easy with ample time to rest. It has the feeling of a Renaissance courtly dance throughout. The counter melody, if I may say, is very well written. It was one of those arrangements that literally wrote it’s self. Even before I heard the melody with the counter melody, I knew it was going to fit.

This was scored for 3 trumpets, 3 Cornets, and 2 Flugels with optional Bb Pic. and Eb Cornet parts but could be performed by all trumpets just as well.