Mykola Leontovych’s Carol of the Bells, arranged here for trumpet quartet (actually three trumpets and valve trombone) was written in 1916 as a Ukrainian New Year’s carol called Shchedryk. The piece is underpinned by a four-note ostinato—a repeating figure based on a traditional folk chant. In the original lyrics a swallow sings of the wealth that spring will bring; however, in 1936 the work was adapted as a Christmas carol by an American, Peter Wilhousky, with the simple message of bells pealing to announce the advent of Christmas.

Parts included:

  • Trumpet 1 in E-flat
  • Trumpet 2 in B-flat
  • Trumpet 3 in B-flat
  • Trumpet 4 (Bass)

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