About this work:
Christmas Time is a medley-arrangement of four popular Christmas songs: Winter Wonderland, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Feliz Navidad and Carol of The Bells. It was originally written for John Beck and the Eastman Marimba Ensemble. Mr. Beck, or “JB” as we called him, was always very open to students writing new pieces for the ensemble and in fact, he wholeheartedly welcomed them.
Every winter, Eastman has a traditional Christmas Sing in the main hall of the building. Students and faculty sing Christmas songs with various school choirs and ensembles, including the Eastman Marimba Ensemble. I was certainly imagining this occasion when I wrote this piece. I wasn’t really thinking that everyone would sing along, although some did, but more about the joy of the occasion and the happiness and spirit of the Christmas season.
– Robert Paterson
Year composed: 1990
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Percussion Ensembles
Instrumentation: 6 Percussion (General)
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