Gaudete! for trombone octet

By: trad.
For: Concert band / wind band
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Composer
trad.
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anon.
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Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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"Gaudete" ("Rejoice") is a sacred Christmas carol, composed sometime in the 16th century, most likely in reference to Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent. It is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church falling between 11 December and 17 December inclusive. The song was published in the Piae Cantiones, a collection of Finnish/Swedish sacred songs published in 1582. No music is given for the verses, but the standard tune comes from older liturgical books.

The text, in Latin, is a typical song of praise, probably stemming from the Middle Ages. It follows the standard pattern for the time - a uniform series of four-line stanzas, each preceded by a two-line refrain (in the early English carol this was known as the burden). Carols could be on any subject, but typically they were about the Virgin Mary or the Saints of Christmas.

This arrangement by Edward Solomon is for trombone octet (two alto trombones, four tenor trombones, one bass trombone and one contrabass trombone) and tenor drum, with each instrument given a solo to play, as performed by Trombonanza.

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