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Leontovych, Mykola - Carol of the Bells


Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921) was a Ukrainian composer, conductor and teacher who specialized in writing a cappella choral music.

‘Carol of the Bells’, composed in 1904 although not premiered until 1916, is based on a traditional folk song of Ukrainian origin entitled ‘ Shchedryk ’, meaning ‘Bountiful’. It was originally sung in Ukrainian villages on January 13th (New Year’s Eve on the Julian calendar) and the original words tell the tale of a swallow flying into a household to predict good fortune and a bountiful year ahead. This arrangement for trombone quartet is by Jayne Murrill.

Level: Intermediate

Score and parts provided:

Trombones 1, 2, 3 - parts in tenor clef, bass clef, Bb treble clef

Trombone 4 (bass trombone) in bass clef.

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