Catalogue 3
Three Christmas Pictures 1. Sleighbell Serenade                                                  View        3:00       Med        US $25.00       Purchase

Three Christmas Pictures 2. Starlight Lullaby                                                     View        4:45   Med-Easy   US $25.00        Purchase

Three Christmas Pictures 3. Christmas Eve Waltz                                               View         4:00       Med       US $25.00        Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble  

The Three Christmas Pictures were written at various times in the 1980s. The first, Sleighbell Serenade, has been the composer's most widely performed work, having been played on every inhabited continent, and was first commercially recorded in Australia in 1986.  Words have been added for a choral version.  Starlight Lullaby was first performed in 1990, while Christmas Eve Waltz dates from 1989. Three Christmas Pictures may be performed as a suite, in any order, or as individual pieces.

These delightful seasonal music compositions will be a refreshing and new addition to the repertoire for a Christmas concert.
The orchestra version of "Three Christmas Pictures" can be heard on CD:  Marco Polo: 8.225185. 
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The Night Before Christmas, for Narrator and Band                                           View       6:10    Med-Adv.    US $50.00      Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble

Everyone from childhood probably knows the poem by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) - - "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse - - - ". This gorgeous setting is perfect for a seasonal concert, and brand new.  
Be among the first bands to perform this work and thrill your audiences with nostalgia.
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Another Night Before Christmas                                                                         View       5:30    Med-Adv.  US $50.00        Purchase 
for Narrator and Band
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble

The parody on the original poem is by England's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and is the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.  The story is about a little girl who wants to see Santa Claus to prove to herself that he is real, but falls asleep at a critical moment. 
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Old Christmas Music, for Concert Band                              Listen                    View      12:00  Med.     US$100.00      Purchase  
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble
This arrangement for Concert Band comprises five carols ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries:  1. Gaudete (Anon. 16th Century); 2.  The First Mercy (Peter Warlock 1894-1930); 3.  Bring a Torch (French traditional); 4.  Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock); 5.  Carol of the Bells (Mykola Leontovych (1877-1921).
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Old Christmas Music, for Saxophone Quintet                     Listen                     View      12:00   Med.     US$45.00       Purchase 
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble
This arrangement is scored for five saxophones (soprano, alto, 2 tenors, baritone), string bass and drums.  It includes the same carols and material as described above.
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Bethlehem Down ; Peter Warlock                                                                           View       4:20    Med.-Easy   US$25.00         Purchase
arranged for string orchestra by Philip Lane
 Adapted for Concert Band by Paul Noble

There are few instrumental pieces amongst the works of Peter Warlock who wrote chiefly vocal items. Several of his carols have become firmly established in the seasonal repertoire of singers and choirs; none moreso than Bethlehem Down.  The string version by Philip Lane stretches the original four verses to five and seeks to make the piece as effective for strings as it is for choirs. No harmonic changes have been made although the voicing has naturally been varied for textural reasons.  This adaptation by Paul Noble has added to the variance in instrumental textures to fully realize the tonal colors of the Concert Band.  With key signatures of F/d minor, Bb/g minor, Eb/c minor, and Ab/f minor, numerous suspensions, and softer to louder dynamics, this chorale is a perfect warm-up and tune-up piece for the ensemble, while at the same time exploring worthwhile and programmable concert repertoire. 
The orchestra version of Bethlehem Down can be heard on CD: Naxos 8.557099.
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Lyric Dances, in Five Movements   Mvmt. 1.                                                        View       11:45      Med.         US$75.00          Purchase
Philip Lane; arr. by Paul Noble
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"Lyric Dances" is one of Philip Lane's more recent compositions (2008). Since the movements relate so directly to each other, and are not practically "stand-alone" movements, the composer suggested that they be offered as a unit.  The audio tracks, however, are separated so that the listener may more easily find and listen to each movement.  "Lyric Dances" encompasses a variety of moods - - inquisitive, somber, joyful, dramatic, to frivolous.  The original score was written for small orchestra; the band version therefore has considerable doubling of parts, yet remaining true to the composer's colourful orchestration. Small to large bands should be very successful with this piece, and it is sure to have both educational value and audience appeal.
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Aubade Joyeuse                                                                                                       View         7:45    Med/Adv     US$70.00        Purchase 
Philip Lane; arr, by Paul Noble
Performed by the Birmingham (U.K.) Symphonic Winds, Keith Allen, Conductor
Aubade Joyeuse was originally scored for brass band and commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival in 1986 for performance in Gloucester Cathedral. It is in the form of an introduction and allegro and aims to give the impression of a quiet early morning that soon gets a lot busier with people, traffic and general activity rising towards the end to a frenzied fugato climax. This Wind Band arrangement is taken from a setting for orchestra by the composer. With its balanced level of difficulty in all parts, and opportunities for several soloists, it should make an excellent festival and contest presentation. 
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