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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days
 
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About This Work

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is always popular during the Yuletide season and an opportunity for audience participation or to feature three or four members of the band with large cards depicting each day. Given the pace of the work this nearly always ends great merriment and ultimate disaster. 

Scored for concert band by Geoff Kingston this new setting is fun personified and sure to be a hit with Christmas concert goers as an encore or band feature. The text is attached to the score and a separate sheet is included with the instrumental parts. Have fun! 

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A Partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French Hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Four calling birds *
Three French Hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of my true love sent to me
Five gold rings
Four calling birds, three French Hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Six geese a laying
Five gold rings, four colling birds, three French Hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Sev’n swans a swimming
Six geese a laying, Five gold rings, four calling birds, three French Hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eight day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Eight maids a milking
Sev’n swans a swimming, six geese a laying, Five gold rings, four calling birds, three French Hens,
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a milking, Sev’n swans a swimming, six geese a laying, Five gold rings, four calling birds, Three French Hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Ten Lords a leaping
Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a milking, sev’n swans a swimming, six geese a laying,
Five gold rings, four calling birds, Three French Hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me
‘lev’n pipers piping
Ten Lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a milking, sev’n swans a swimming, six geese a laying, Five gold rings, four calling birds, Three French Hens, two turtle doves and a
Partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming
‘lev’n pipers piping, Ten Lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a milking, sev’n swans a swimming, six geese a laying, Five gold rings, four calling birds, Three French Hens, two turtle doves and a Partridge in a pear tree. 

*(Now "Calling birds", but originally "Colly birds" = black birds., "Colly" means "black as coal" in old English, as in "colliery".)

ComposerTraditional
ArrangerGeoff Kingston
CategoryChristmas Music
DurationCirca 3 mins 35 secs
DifficultyThis piece has difficulty rating of 3.5 on a scale one through 6, with 6 being the hardest. Click here to see how we grade our band sets.
InstrumentationPiccolo
Flutes 1-2
Oboe
Bb Clarinets 1-2-3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophones 1-2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bassoon
Horns in F 1-2
Horns in F 3-4
Bb Trumpets 1-2-3
Trumpets 1-2-3
Tenor Trombones 1-2
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Snare Drum
Cymbals
Bass Drum
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Tubular Bells
Double Bass
Parts SuppliedFor a full list of parts supplied under our free postage scheme, please visit FAQ's.
Catalogue No.
Product Code: SM0309

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