The Little Drummer Boy (Davis/Onorati/Simeone, Arr. R. Buonaspina)
for SATB Choir & Orchestra
Treble (Mid-High Voice) Solo
vox. solo, SSAATTBB(& S Dscnt.) / / 2.2.4(IV=bs. cl).2 / 2.2 / 4 / 3.1.1 / Tmp(4).Perc(2): snr drm, sus. cym, glock / pno. / str. / opt. org.
This arrangement of "The Little Drummer Boy" is the perfect musical addition to any holiday concert or event. With four
verses (including a modulated reprise of Verse 1 at the end with a descant) — and vigorous, melodically deriven interludes that propel the arrangement forward — choirs of all abilities will enjoy taking part in this immense choral celebration.
The commission for this piece of music comes in response to the honored tradition of "Carol Sings" at both churches tradition that authoritatively defines the true meaning of Christmas. While the demands of its famous text are seemingly simplistic, I truly believe that the purposeful gathering of community in song is truly emblematic of what "The Little Drummer Boy" represents: the notion of offering our gifts of musical praise to the King, no matter how big or small.
As performed live by the St. William the Abbot Adult Choir & Festival Chamber Orchestra (Seaford, NY) (Dec 2018)