O Tannenbaum

Download brass quartet sheet music: O Tannenbaum.

Please note that “O Tannenbaum” is also part of the compilation Christmas Reharmonized, Volume 1 & 2.

Here’s what it sounds like when played on a piano:

The Story Behind

I love Christmas Carlos and I love performing them with brass quartets in December. With Corona lurking around every corner, 2020 was quite different and hard both for professional and amateur musicians. Many turned to delivering their content online.

The local brass band “Trachtenkapelle Thalheim” did the same and posted a total of five videos online – one for each Sunday before Christmas starting November 29th and one on Christmas Eve. I supported by doing audio recordings and by providing arrangements.

“O Tannenbaum” was a natural choice for the Sunday right before Christmas Eve, when people would set up their Christmas trees.

The arrangement itself started out as a last-minute thing just two days before Christmas Eve in 2019. This year I upgraded it with a trumpet solo to feature my friend Erwin. I know him for over 20 years and both of us mostly focus on Jazz these days. We regularly meet at Jazz Jam Sessions. Or I should say, we used to regularly meet at Jazz Jam Sessions before Corona hit.

I think he did a nice solo! Here’s the youtube video featuring Erwin:

Merry Christmas everyone!

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