Coventry Carol (Christmas) – Concert Band/Orchestra

An arrangement  for a concert band with an optional Vocal Lead Sheet, piano, and string parts.


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Coventry Carol – Concert Band (With optional Vocal, Piano and String Parts) Score and Parts PDF

The “Coventry Carol” is an English Christmas carol dating from the 16th [or 15th] century. The carol was traditionally performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew: the carol itself refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed, and takes the form of a lullaby sung by mothers of the doomed children.
The music contains a well-known example of a Picardy third. The author is unknown; the oldest known text was written down by Robert Croo in 1534, and the oldest known setting of the melody dates from 1591.  The carol is traditionally sung a cappella. 

This arrangement is for a concert band with an optional Vocal Lead Sheet, piano, and string parts. A descant part has been added in the 3rd verse and final refrain.

​The PDF includes both F and Eb Horn parts, Tuba in C, Bb, and Eb. The string parts include a 3rd Violin part sub the Viola part.

​Grade = 3.5  Duration 2:05 mins.

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