Traditional Christmas - Wassail Song for Trombone Quartet
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The Wassail Song is a secular holiday song dating back to the 12th Century. It is traditionally sung at Christmas, but actually does not celebrate the nativity, rather the New Year. The word “Wassail” is an olde English word for a spiced wine or ale. It was common to go door-to-door toasting to one's “Good Health”. Ron Babcock’s lively arrangement of about five minutes is inspired by Ralph Vaughan Williams and is for intermediate to advanced performers.