Bruce Healey


Three Chanukah Songs for Children's Choir and Orchestra

Instrumentation3-2-3-2, 4 (4th opt.) -3-3-1, timp +4perc, drum set, hp (opt.), pno, strings
Length5:00
DifficultyMedium
CommentsThree Chanukah Songs begins with a broad and lush instrumental introduction based on "Oh Chanukah". A poignant violin solo ends the introduction and a spirited tempo is set for "Chanukah" sung by the choir (Chanukah, Chanukah, Festival of lights?). The orchestra is then featured and makes a transition to "The Dreidle Song" (I have a little dreidle, I made it out of clay?.) sung by the choir with charming (and brief) solo opportunities - which can be sung as tutti choir. The three verses of the song each modulate and are accompanied by fun, descriptive orchestration that builds to an exciting re-transition to "Oh Chanukah". Now the piece is sung by the choir in a hora-like slow tempo and gradually accelerates to a spirited dance, with full and passionate orchestration.

Featured are a violin duet and an Eb clarinet solo passage. The children's choir parts are written mostly in unison, breaking into two parts occasionally and in three parts for about 32 bars. A simplified (nearly all unison) choir part is available, and the piece could also be performed by an adult choir, just for fun. The piece is 222 bars in length and the duration is approximately 5:00.

SourcesAvailable for rent from
Allsun Music Co.
5002 Ranchito Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: (818) 905-9498
Fax: (818) 986-6336
Email: bahealey@pacbell.net
ExtrasPerusal score and Midi version available on CD.
HistoryPlayed by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boca Pops, Louisville Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, Fox Valley Symphony, and many more.
ContributorThe composer.
OtherOther choir options also available.

Celebration Fanfare

Instrumentation3-2-3-3 (cbsn opt,) 4-4-3-1, timp+4perc, hp, pno/celesta, strings
Length2:11
DifficultyMedium
CommentsOriginally written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, this piece makes a wonderful concert opening. The first theme, featuring the brass section, is up lifting and spirited. The lyrical second theme contrasts the first, featuring the strings and solo trumpet. The first theme then reappears in epic grandeur to complete the form. "Celebration Fanfare" has broad appeal to audiences of all ages.
SourcesAvailable for rent from
Allsun Music Co.
5002 Ranchito Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: (818) 905-9498
Fax: (818) 986-6336
Email: bahealey@pacbell.net
ExtrasPerusal score and Rough reference recording available on CD
HistoryWritten for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in 1992 to celebrate their anniversary. This piece has been played by the Cincinnati Pops, Long Beach Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, and many more orchestras.
ContributorThe composer.
Other

American Fantasy - A Tribute To The Patriotism Of George M. Cohan

Instrumentation3-3-3-3, 4-4-3-1, timp+4perc, hp, pno, strings
Length6:00
DifficultyHard
CommentsThis exciting new piece received its World Premiere to standing ovations at the Hollywood Bowl on July 2, 3, & 4, 1999. Beginning and ending with a contemporary, stirring original fanfare, the piece is orchestrated for maximum dramatic impact and entertainment value. Bruce Healey develops two favorite themes of George M. Cohan - "I'm A Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're A Grand Old Flag - via a "melting pot" of styles, and delivers a surprise excerpt of "The Star Spangled Banner" along the way. Perusal Score and synth mockup reference recording available upon request. The program notes read:

"This is a new piece for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and, as the title states it is in honor of the American patriot, George M. Cohan. I have always been impressed by true and sincere patriotism. It is an expression of gratitude for the freedom we have in the United States of America. I wrote the piece as a "melting pot" of styles unique to the U.S.A. Starting and ending with an original fanfare inspired by great Hollywood Bowl Orchestra music of past and present, it reflects my own American musical instincts. The piece reveals songs of Cohan in a variety of entertaining ways. I admired the fact the Cohan was unabashed in his homage to American folk themes such as Yankee Doodle, and The Star Spangled Banner, and I seized the opportunity to take this approach a step, or two, further."

SourcesAvailable for rent from
Allsun Music Co.
5002 Ranchito Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: (818) 905-9498
Fax: (818) 986-6336
Email: bahealey@pacbell.net
ExtrasMidi version available on CD
HistoryCommissioned by John Maucieri & The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
ContributorThe composer.
Other

Saints!!!

Instrumentation3-2-3-2, 4 (4th opt.) -3-3-1, timp +4perc, drum set, hp (opt.), pno, strings
Length6:10
DifficultyMedium
CommentsA fun and flashy medley of Saints tunes (When The Saints Go Marchin' In, St. Louis Blues, St. James Infirmary Blues). The piece features a Dixieland ensemble (clarinet, trumpet, trombone & rhythm section) from within the orchestra. All parts are completely notated. improvisation is optional.
SourcesAvailable for rent from
Allsun Music Co.
5002 Ranchito Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Phone: (818) 905-9498
Fax: (818) 986-6336
Email: bahealey@pacbell.net
ExtrasPerusal score and Midi version available on CD
HistoryThis piece was originally written for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. It has been a crowd pleasing staple of their repertoire ever since. Commissioned by John Maucieri & The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in 1994 and has been played by dozens of orchestras throughout the US including Indianapolis Symphony, Boca Pops, Stamford Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Columbus Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony. Conductors - Michael Krajewski, Crafton Beck, Alfred Savia, Janna Hymes-Bianchi, George Schramm and many more.
ContributorThe composer.
Other

Sing With Us Of Christmas for SATB Choir and Symphony Orchestra

Instrumentation2-Picc-2-E.H.-2-BCl.-2-C.B.-4-3-3-Tuba-Timp.-Perc. 1, G.C. Sus. Cym., Mark Tree, Finger Cym., Bell Tree, Tri., Small Ship's Bell, Perc. 2, S.D. Sm. Hand Dr., Tnab., Tamb. de Basque, Dumbek, Sleigh Bells - Perc. 3, Bells, Chimes, Crotales, Xylo. - Harp - Piano, Stgs. SATB Choir and a rehearsal piano/choir part. Lyric sheet for audience sing along.
Length8:15 - 332 bars
DifficultyChoir is Easy to Medium difficulty. Orchestra is Professional level, medium.
CommentsThis piece is arranged by Bruce Healey and contains the following holiday favorite songs with which the audience can sing along: Good King Wenceslas, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, We Three Kings, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Away In A Manger, What Child Is This, The Holly and the Ivy, Gloucester Wassail, I Saw Three Ships, We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

This piece goes beyond the ordinary holiday fare. It features the orchestra throughout with a splashy introduction, extended transitions and beautifully supportive orchestration. The choral arrangement is easy to sing and easy for the audience to join if a lyric sheet is distributed to them. With many interesting moments along the way, the piece concludes with a grand finale on We Wish You A Merry Christmas, making for the perfect holiday concert closing piece.
SourcesAvailable for rent from:
Allsun Music Co.
Tel: (818) 905-9498
bahealey@pacbell.net
Perusal materials available on request. Full score, Piano/SATB Choir.
Extras
HistoryYou can hear this piece on the CD "Christmastime Is Here" Cincinnati Pops on Telarc Records.
ContributorBruce Healey
Other

A Ragtime Romp (for Solo Piano, String Bass, Drum Set and Orchestra)

Instrumentation2-Picc-2-2-2-4-3-3-Tuba-Timp.-Perc. 1, G.C. Sus. Cym.,Tri., Perc. 2, Temple Blks., Xylo. - Harp(Optional) - Solo Piano, String Bass, Drum Set - Stgs.
Length5:05 - 293 bars
DifficultySolo piano is medium difficulty, Orchestra is professional level, medium difficulty
CommentsThis piece is arranged by Bruce Healey

This setting of two well known Rags, from 1909 (Wild Cherries) and 1908 (Black and White) respectively, feature the solo pianist with the addition of a rhythm section of string bass and drum set. It is a mini concerto, if you will, that is dedicated to ragtime players everywhere.

The solo piano part is a guide and is not expected to be played verbatum. The soloist may alter the part in an improvisatory manner as indicated by the "ad lib" indications, but will stay true to the structure of the arrangement. If desired, the soloist may insert an improvised cadenza following bar 290. Bar 290 in that case serves as the jumping off point for the cadenza. The soloist should play a pre-planned "cue", determined in rehearsal, for the conductor to resume the orchestra at bar 291 and play to the end. The drum set part is similarly a guide. Played as is, the drum part will resemble what a traditional Dixieland drummer might play. The overall stylistic approach of the piano, bass and drums should be in the direction of a Dixieland Jazz group playing a ragtime song. The orchestra should take the same stylistic approach (but without the improvisation, of course). Except where marked, the 16th notes should "swing" as the tempo allows but not be forced, and the 8th notes should be marcato.
SourcesAvailable for rent from:
Allsun Music Co.
(818) 905-9498
email: bahealey@pacbell.net
Perusal materials on request: score and solo piano part
Extras
History 
ContributorBruce Healey
Other

Caroling Fun II (for Children's Choir, Handbell Choir (optional) and Symphony Orchestra)

Instrumentation2-Picc.-2-E.H.2-BCl.-2C.B. - 4-4-3-1-Timp.- Perc 1, Temple Blks., Whip, G.C. Cym. Tamb. Tam Tam, Piatti, Perc 2, Tri, Sleigh Bells, Sus Cym., S.D. wBrushes, Hand Dr. Perc 3, Chimes, Xylo, Bells, Vibes (sub for handbells choir), Handbell Choir, Celesta (sub for Handbell choir) Children's Choir, Stgs.
Length5:00 - 257 bars
DifficultyChildren's choir is medium difficulty, Handbell choir is medium difficulty, Orchestra is professional level medium difficulty
CommentsThis arrangement is by Bruce Healey.

This contains 5 holiday carols: Here We Come A Wassailing, Over The River And Through The Woods, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Pat A Pan, Jolly Old St. Nicholas. There are fun and interesting interludes to show off the orchestra between songs. The orchestration supports the choir in a variety of interesting ways appropriate to each song. The Handbell Choir parts are also covered in Celesta, Vibes and Harp if no Handbell choir is available.
SourcesAvailable for rent from:
Allsun Music Co.
(818) 905-9498
email: bahealey@pacbell.net
Perusal materials available on request - full score, rehearsal piano/choir part.
Extras
HistorySimilar to but not the same as "Caroling Fun" which may be heard on the CD "Christmastime Is Here" by the Cincinnati Pops on Telarc Records. The ending is different on this piece.
ContributorBruce Healey
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