Copper Street Editions

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I Saw Three Ships

Brass Quintet



There is nothing traditional or standard about our rendition of this holiday favorite! Energetic and playful, this mixed-meter version of “I Saw Three Ships” can challenge the counting skills of any ensemble.

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Parts and Score

.Pdf Packet includes all parts and score with helpful performance notes about each piece. For more infomation about each piece and what parts are included, see the tabs below.

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There is nothing traditional or standard about our rendition of this holiday favorite! Energetic and playful, this mixed-meter version of “I Saw Three Ships” can challenge the counting skills of any ensemble. The tuba takes over the melody at the halfway point while being supported by a flourish of trumpets. This one is definitely a “barn burner”!

*Note: This arrangement can be heard recorded by CSB on our “Christmas on Copper Street, Vol. 2” album, available on our website or anywhere you get your music online.

Difficulty Level

More information about our difficulty levels in the FAQ Tab


Performance Length


Parts Included

Parts Notes
1st Trumpet in Bb
2nd Trumpet in Bb

How do I purchase music?

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Can I purchase multiple titles at the same time?

Yes! After you add a piece to your cart on Square you can add more titles from there or return here and continue shopping. When you add additional items to your cart, Square will open a new window with your updated cart and you can close the first window. We know it is a little clunky, and we appreciate your patience!

How do you determine your pricing?

When you purchase music from us, you can trust that you're getting brass music that was created by real-life brass players, performed and tested in real-life by us. We've error checked all parts and played everything through in rehearsal before it is published (although of course we're human and we might have missed something - if so let us know). We've all had experiences with music that is messy, hard to read and has lots of mistakes - we hate that too, which is why we take the time to make our parts as clean as possible.

Copper Street Editions is unique in that we aren't a publishing company or a for profit business. Your purchase from CSE supports the mission and musicians of The Copper Street Brass. Many of our titles can't be found elsewhere, and your purchase is helping us grow the repertoire for brass throughout the world.

What about Tax?

Tax & processing is included in the price.

What happens after I make a purchase?

After you complete your purchase through Square, you will get an email with your payment confirmation from Square. We also get an email, and within a day or two (or sooner if we are able!) we will deliver your music as a .pdf binder with the score and all parts via email through Adobe Send & Track. Make sure you check your junk mailbox if you don't hear from us, the email with the link to you music comes from "noreply@acrobat.com".

The email from Adobe will include a link to view and download your file. The .pdf packet which includes all parts and the score for your song, as well as important program notes and song timing. Once you download your file the link will expire, so make sure to save it where you can easily find it. You'll then be able to print parts. Your purchase grants you the right to perform the piece anywhere you want, we just ask that you don't distribute our music to others. That's just not nice.

I'm looking for a tune of yours that I don't see here...

There are lots of tunes that we would love to publish but we can't because the rights holder will not grant us the rights or obtaining those rights is prohibitively expensive. Unfortunatly this includes most of our modern tunes (anything not in the public domain). We will continue to work with rights holders to negociate publishing rights, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy what we currently offer!

If you have a specific request for a piece of music, you can always contact us using the form below.

Tell me about your Difficulty Levels

Ya You Betcha! See the tables below for a general idea, and if you have any questions about a specific piece contact us!

Easy Notes
Meter Simple (4/4, 3/4, 2/4), no meter changes
Keys Up to two flats
Tempo Andante to Moderato
Rhythms Simple, mostly whole / half / quarter notes
Scoring Clear and traditional
Range No extremes, generally stays in a comfortable octave, and no wide leaps
Intermediate Notes
Meter Simple + easy compound (4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, 9/8), a few easy meter changes
Keys Two sharps to three flats
Tempo Andante to Allegro
Rhythms Adding some triplets and sixteenths
Scoring Mostly traditional, more horn or trombone melody, a few exposed solos
Range Stays in a generally comfortable 1.5 - 2 octaves, no leaps of more than a 6th
Advanced Notes
Meter All except rapidly changing meters or the extremely complex
Keys Four sharps to five flats
Tempo Adagio to Presto
Rhythms Most rhythms, no complex 16th-note passages, easy double/triple tonguing
Scoring Exposed solos, extended horn and low brass (incl. tuba) melodies
Range All notes in playable range, wide leaps of an octave or more
Professional Notes
Meter Any, with any changes between
Keys Any (still generally stays away from the most extreme keys that don't sound as good on brass)
Tempo Molto Largo to Molto Vivace
Rhythms Any complex duple or compound rhythms, fast double/triple tonguing
Scoring Very exposed, unusual orchestration, long cadenzas or solos
Range All notes including extremes, very wide leaps, extreme flexibility required (sounds fun doesn't it?)

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