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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over. It's time to get serious about practicing some Christmas music.

Branles "L'Official - - 16th Century dance tune that became a Christmas song "Ding Dong Merrily on High". Goes well in a medley with the Morrisque

Cantique de Noel - French 19th Century Christmas Song (O Holy Night)

Carol of the Bells - Russian inspired Christmas carol, set in B minor (two sharps). Two parts - melody and bass line. Two versions - same notes but with the bass line set in treble clef to be played an octave lower.

Christmas Hornpipe - American traditional hornpipe in the traditional key of B flat and in G

Dame Get Up and Bake Your Pies, Olde English carol of the Greensleeves family, with lyrics Scrooge would have loved......rather ghastly after the first verse, actually.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen - English Carol - 18th Century arrangement in Am, with lyrics, SATB - and in an arrangement in Am and Em, with a transition

Good King Wenceslaus - Traditional Christmas Carol, straight melody and Good King Wenceslaus - Traditional, "modernized" two part arrangement, modal melody

Jolly Old Pachelbel - "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" set to the ground of Pachelbel's Canon in D

O Come O Come Emmanuel - Traditional Christmas Song with Jewish overtones, in Eminor

O'Rourke's Feast - Irish, O'Carolan piece, with one of Jonathan Swift's verses about the legendary Christmas feast - not strictly a Christmas piece, but in the spirit. (Whiskey was brought in in buckets; and straw was spread on the floor so guests would not hurt themselves if they passed out while standing.)

Sing and Rejoice - English Four part "Christmassy" round

Twelve Days - American late 18th cenury setting of "Twelve Days of Christmas", in A minor. Same lyrics as the usual contemporary version except that the partidge is simply "in a tree", instead of a pear tree.

If you ever get discouraged about hitting wrong notes, parhaps listening to the worst recording ever of "O Holy Night" will make you feel better.

 

 

 

Christmas Presents

A Scottish music book, the Jink & Diddle 30th Anniversary Collection.

Another Book

Kitchen Musician® Book No. 20
"Selections from Capt. Simon Fraser"
48 Fine Tunes from Capt. Simon Fraser's Scottish Collections

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