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Prelude: ‘Past Three O’Clock’ (for Brass Quintet)

A flourish for the festive season...








The first section of this short Christmas piece is based on the harmonisation by Charles Wood (1866 – 1926); the rest is a brief fantasia on motifs from the carol's melody.


The refrain ("Past three o'clock...") was a traditional cry of the nightwatchman of old, whilst the verses, of which two are given here, were written by George Ratcliffe Woodward

(1848–1934) to the traditional tune 'London Waits', and place the song firmly within the Christmas season.


        Past three a clock,

        And a cold frosty morning,

        Past three a clock;

        Good morrow, masters all!


Born is a Baby,

Gentle as may be,

Son of the eternal

Father supernal.


        Past three a clock,

        And a cold frosty morning,

        Past three a clock;

        Good morrow, masters all!


Seraph quire singeth,

Angel bell ringeth;

Hark how they rime it,

Time it and chime it.



Instrumentation:


2 Trumpets in Bb, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba

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