Sleigh Ride

Composed by
Leroy Anderson
Arranged by
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 25.00 

Sleigh Ride is a light orchestral work composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had formed the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946 and he finished the work in February 1948.

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  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium (or Trombone)
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit
  • 1 Xylophone (Optional)

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Description

The original recordings of Sleigh Ride were instrumental versions. The lyrics, about riding in a sleigh and other fun activities, were written by Mitchell Parishin 1950. Anderson also made arrangements for wind band and piano.The orchestral version was first recorded by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Sleigh Ride was a hit record on RCA Victor Red Seal and has become one of the orchestra's signature songs. In the original orchestral version, the song is noted for the sounds of a horse clip-clopping and a whip used to get the horse moving. In most performances, a percussionist provides these sounds on temple blocks and a slapstick, respectively. Toward the end of the piece, a trumpet imitates the sound of a horse whinnying.

“Stunning playing all round and a perfect 'snapshot' of the incredibly high standards of performance in brass playing in London today."

Peter Bassano
Head of Brass Royal College of Music (retired)

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World

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Rex Richardson
International Trumpet Soloist

“An absorbing selection of refined choices and inspirational highlights. Marvellous."

Keith Ames
The Musician (MU)

“The entire programme can be likened to a sumptuous feast, with each track having its own highly delectable and thoroughly satisfying flavour. The CD is surely compulsive listening for all brass and percussion enthusiasts.”

C Brian Buckley
Brass Band World
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