The Twelve Keys of Christmas for Flute Quartet
- Staff Pick
If you're up for a challenge then this is the piece for you! It's just so clever, bringing in various musical styles and snippets of other carols as well as changing key twelve times. There are four bars of C major before five flats kicks in with each visit to a new key becoming longer and more complex. You'll need particularly good low players for this as all the parts have plenty to do and a good amount of rehearsal time to make it sound effortless. No-one will mind though - it's as fun to play as it is to listen to!
From the Publisher
The Twelve Keys Of Christmas was written as a fun and challenging version of the ever-popular, interminable carol, but with a key change every verse! Almost every major key is used, except for one in the parallel minor, and although it starts simply, the piece quickly becomes sillier and sillier. The first three verses are written in the style of every theme-and-variations ever, before more and more quotes and mashups start to appear. As well as many timeless Christmas songs, the arranger has also managed to use bits of the Nutcracker, Peter And The Wolf, and quotes from all your favourite Wild West film themes. Ending in a way only Prokofiev could, this piece is sure to delight your audiences and get them playing 'spot the tunes'.
Honourable Mention: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2023
Performance duration (approx): 4'05