For Wind Nonet
During the 2018-2019 school year, I decided to form another reed quintet (the Sapphire Reed Quintet), with Kate Bruns, oboe; Colby Spengler, clarinet; Scott Augustine, alto saxophone; Alex Brake, bassoon; and myself on bass clarinet. We decided to do a joint recital with Colby's wind quintet (the Colby Spengler Experience), with Zack Osinski, flute; Emma Olson, oboe; Clark Stevens, horn; Megan Braunschweig, bassoon; and Colby on clarinet. Being in December, our reed quintet was initially thinking of reprising last year's "Reedtastic Christmas Medley", but the Colby Spengler Experience suggested doing a joint holiday piece to end the concert.
I initially demurred, not thinking I'd have enough time, particularly when Colby pointed out we wouldn't have much/any time to rehearse together, so it should be sight-readable. However, it then occurred to me that we could rehearse separately, which made me think of Gabrieli, which... Once I heard the opening horn call morphing into "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", it was all over. Needless to say, I accepted the challenge and the result is the piece before you.