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Carol For Coventry

By Robert W. Smith

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Composed by Robert W. Smith. Young Concert Band. Rising Band Series for Developing Bands! Composed 2020. Duration 3 minutes, 7 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.024-4904-00).

Item Number: CL.024-4904-00

The classic "Coventry Carol" is an English Christmas carol from the 16th century. The haunting melody became more widely known in1940, after Coventry was bombed by the German Air Force during World War II. On Christmas Day, the BBC broadcasted a service from the ruins of the Coventry Cathedral that included a dramatic choral performance of the work. This single broadcast with the song's melancholy lyrics gave new meaning to the carol, cementing its place in our holiday repertoire. Robert W. Smith's powerful "Carol For Coventry" brings that 1940 cathedral setting to life with a powerful and dramatic opening statement and a flowing, lyrical setting of the classic carol. A very dramatic choice for your holiday program!

About Rising Band Series

The Sound Foundations and Rising Band Series are carefully written to provide quality programming correlated to the first four semesters of band instruction. The Rising Band series includes publications at two grade levels identified by color. The GREEN Grade 1.5 Rising Band Series further expands the note, key and rhythmic content continuing the sequence of musical developmental. The MAROON Grade 2 Rising Band Series completes the two-year sequence with quality works for the band that's growing in musical proficiency

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