Patapan – Unterseher

SA, recorder, hand drum, tambourine, finger cymbals

Traditional Burgundian Carol. “Willie, take your little drum…” A simple, dance-like two part arrangement of the traditional carol with soprano recorder and percussion. The percussion parts can often be played by the singers. Score sample below.

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Dancing and drumming in a parade, this piece combines the delightful traditional carol with a new recorder and drum part to create a procession to carry gifts to the baby.


The recorder and percussion interludes are the perfect opportunity for movement, whether arrangement on the stage, moving around the performing space, or dancing.


Willie, take your little drum, Robin, take your flute and come!
When we hear the tune you play, “tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan,”
When we hear the tune you play, how can anyone be glum?

When the men of olden days gave the King of Kings their praise,
They had pipes on which to play, “tu-re-lu-re-lu, pat-a-pat-a-pan,”
They had drums on which to play, full of joy on Christmas Day!

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About Reginald Unterseher

Reginald Unterseher is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington. His works are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and through NW Choral Publishing at He is the Washington State Music Teacher’s Association’s “Composer of the Year” for 2013. Mr. Unterseher’s compositions are regularly performed throughout the world and have been featured at ACDA and MENC conventions in the US as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He currently serves as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for the Northwest Division of the American Choral Director’s Association, and is in demand as a choral and vocal adjudicator and clinician. Mr. Untereseher is a past Artistic Director of Consort Columbia (now Mid-Columbia Mastersingers), founder and past Chorus Master of Washington East Opera, and an active member of Male Ensemble Northwest.