This piece is taken from the 3rd movement of Mahler’s 1st Symphony which takes a very familiar “children’s” song and presents it in the minor mode for section 5 band suitable for concert or festival. As few notes as possible are utilized with the base goal of 6 notes for each part.
This lively holiday piece is based on two themes. The first is loosely based on the Lutheran Hymn "I Am So Glad when Christmas Comes." The second theme is the unpublished Christmas Carol, "Sing We Now in Exultation," written by the composer in the winter of 1966.
A beautiful medley of three Hymns: the Lutheran Advent Hymn “Lo, He comes with Clouds Descending;” the communion hymn “What is this Bread;” and Anglican hymn “O, Taste and See (Psalm 34).” The melodies of these hymns are blended throughout the piece with the grandiose recapitulation of the advent hymn which brings the medley to a close. An interesting element is the use of the communion hymn as a bridge between the three hymns.
This piece is the first two sections from Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.” The melodies are haunting and the tonality is a welcome change to the music. As few notes as possible are utilized with the base goal of 6 notes for each part.