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Arranged Christmas

Christmas music is so richly imbued with melody.  My desire is to fill this section with the musical treasures found from all nations.

 

 

..... from Olde England - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is one of the oldest extant carols, dated to the 16th century or earlier  It hails from Great Britain.  This arrangement is in ABA form; "A" finding the melody in an eighth note figuration, and "B" finding the theme is a different key marked Alla Marcia.  Mid intermediate level.

..... from Tin Pan Alley - Toyland


Toyland is one an excerpt from Victor Herbert's score of Babes in Toyland.  It is often part of many Christmas anthologies.  This arrangement utilizes many traditional jazz harmonies.  This arrangement is an excellent choice for older adults that would remember music of Victor Herbert's era.  Mid intermediate level.

from 13th Century Plainchant -

O Come O Come Emmanuel
This popular Advent Hymn comes from the 13th century.  I arranged it by giving the introduction an ancient flavor common to the time of harmonizing in parallel 5ths.  This motive is the thread that weaves the arrangement through its various episodes and key changes.  This arrangement can be used by an advancing intermediate or early advanced student.  It can also be used as a good offertory through Advent.

from an 18th century Burgundy France -

Pat-a-Pan
This joyous carol comes from the pen of Bernard de La Monnoye in 1720.   Lyrics use onomatopoeia to imitate the sounds of the Christmas March accompanied by fife and drum.


Willie, bring your little drum;
Robin, bring your fife and come;
And be merry while you play,
Tu-re-lu-re-lu,
Pat-a-pan-a-pan,

Come be merry while you play,
Let us make our Christmas gay!