Christmas Section

"Christmas Section" is comprised of music specific to the Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany seasons. There is nothing typical here.

  • Arranger: David Kemp

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A La Venue De Noel - Charpentier

There are seven of the French Noels. They were all set with three solo lines and figured bass. When you realize the figured bass you end up with SSATTBCb arrangements (there is some voicing variation). The reason they are so great (well other than the Charpentier thing ) is that they will work as a trio, quartet or septet. Very Versital. 
 

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Ancient Carols

These 'Ancient Carols' are taken from an 1850 collection called 'The Carols in Modern Notation' by W. S. Rockstro. The 1850's publication has the Cantus Firmus in the Tenor voice and the origonal second line in the alto voice. The other two lines were added by W.S. Rockstro.

Only a few changes have been made where my transcription to even more "modern' notation seemed appropriate. 

These are my 2017 Christmas Gift to the brave individuals who search in RecorderMusic.us!

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Ancient Carols - New Version

If you have a group with a little moxie this would work very well, I think. I have put the chorus first with a repeat and then verse - chorus and so forth. Have a willing individual sing the chorus with gusto and all recorder players not other wise engaged join on the repeat. Use a compotent singer to do the verses and encourage the audience to join on all chorus section. There will be fewer and fewer recorder players available to sing because I have placed the various parts intering at differend verses until all parts are present.

clear as mud. well then, use them anyway you like. LOL

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Autre Noel - Charpentier

There are seven of the French Noels. They were all set with three solo lines and figured bass. When you realize the figured bass you end up with SSATTBCb arrangements (there is some voicing variation). The reason they are so great (well other than the Charpentier thing ) is that they will work as a trio, quartet or septet. Very Versital. 
 

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Away in a Manger

This setting comes from 1988 when I was music director at a church in Mandeville, LA. It was originally for SATB choir with a soloist but works out well for SSATB recorders. Enjoy
 

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Huron Carol

The "Huron Carol" is called the oldest Canadian Christmas hymn. Written in about 1642 by Jean de Brebeauf, a Jesuit missionary, the lyrics were in the language of the Huron/Wendat people. The melody is heavily adapted from the French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle".

This has been arranged for SATB Recorders and contains some spicy harmonic structure.

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In the Bleak Mid-winter - Gustav Holst

This Gustav Holst gem is set to words by Christina Rossetti. The melody is wonder of simplicity and is locked in my memory. Unlike some melodies it is a welcome guest. 

My arrangement is user friendly with the melody being shared throughout among all parts. I will admit to a slightly quirky harmonization.

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Jolly Old-Christmas Canon

This little mash-up is presented with 'a wink and a nod' (LOL - such a christmas card). All right I'll stop. Once upon a time in a galaxy....sorry it just happens......i remember seeing a very simple piano arrangement of 'Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" with 'the" Pachelbel Canon. When I started doing arrangements after retirement i decided that my dignity was shot anyhow so why not. I had a new contrabass so.... this ATGbCb mash-up was born. 

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Les Bourgeois De Chasters-Charpentier

There are seven of the French Noels. They were all set with three solo lines and figured bass. When you realize the figured bass you end up with SSATTBCb arrangements (there is some voicing veriation). The reason they are so great (well other than the Charpentier thing ) is that they will work as a trio, quartet or septet. Very Versital. 
 

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Noel - Dandrieu

"Noel" by Dandrieu was a written for the organ and because of that transcribes into recorder Quartet nicely. The parts are somewhat virtuosic making a real showstopper. I would love to hear this in the 4 foot and the 8 foot ranges. 

Enjoy.
 

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Or Nous Dites Marie - Charpentier

There are seven of the French Noels. They were all set with three solo lines and figured bass. When you realize the figured bass you end up with SSATTBCb arrangements (there is some voicing veriation). The reason they are so great (well other than the Charpentier thing ) is that they will work as a trio, quartet or septet. Very Versital. 
 
 

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Ou Vont Ces Guays Bergers - Charpentier

There are seven of the French Noels. They were all set with three solo lines and figured bass. When you realize the figured bass you end up with SSATTBCb arrangements (there is some voicing veriation). The reason they are so great (well other than the Charpentier thing ) is that they will work as a trio, quartet or septet. Very Versital. 
 
 

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Rouher - Introit & Offertory

Marcel Rouher is a prolific collector of French Carols. There is a collection of 450 available from IMSPL if your interested. The two piece here are from "10 Pieces for harmonium". This grouping was deigned to use during a Christmas mass. 
  1. Entrée is a composite of three carols
    1. 'Li a proun de gent"
    2. "Chantons, je vous prie"
    3. PPromptement levez-vous, mon voisin"
  2. Offertoire - Marche de Turenne
These are free for the taking, enjoy!

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Rouher - Offertoire No 1

Marcel Rouher was the organist at St. Germain l'Auxerrois. His collection of 450 french carols is well known for fine harmonies. This offertoire comes from a collection of three which work for recorder quaretet very well.

Offertoire No. 1 uses "Un soir que les bergers" and "Noel nouvelet". 

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Rouher - Offertoire No 2

Marcel Rouher was the organist at St. Germain l'Auxerrois. His collection of 450 french carols is well known for fine harmonies. This offertoire comes from a collection of three which work for recorder quaretet very well.

Offertoire No. 2 uses "Consolez-vous peuple fidele" and "Pastre dei mountango". 

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Rouher - Offertoire No 3

Marcel Rouher was the organist at St. Germain l'Auxerrois. His collection of 450 french carols is well known for fine harmonies. This offertoire comes from a collection of three which work for recorder quaretet very well.

Offertoire No. 3 uses "Espritz divins, de Denizot (1553)" and "Unjour Dieu se resolut". 

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The Sussex Mummers' Carol

The is English carol was set by Percy Grainger in 1911. His rich harmonies lend themselves very well to SATBGbCb voicing. It is like eating chocolate.

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Une Jeune Pucelle - Charpentier

There are seven of the French Noels. They were all set with three solo lines and figured bass. When you realize the figured bass you end up with SSATTBCb arrangements (there is some voicing veriation). The reason they are so great (well other than the Charpentier thing ) is that they will work as a trio, quartet or septet. Very Versital. 
 
 

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Vous Qui Desirez Sans Fin - Charpentier

There are seven of the French Noels. They were all set with three solo lines and figured bass. When you realize the figured bass you end up with SSATTBCb arrangements (there is some voicing veriation). The reason they are so great (well other than the Charpentier thing ) is that they will work as a trio, quartet or septet. Very Versital. 
 
 

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Wassail Song

R. Vaughan Williams set this ancient carol in 1913 for SSAATTBB voices which lends itself to being played by at least eight hardy recorder players.  If you haven't had the pleasure of singing this arrangement being able to play this setting on recorders is a close second.

The crowd of players (singers) aproaches your house regales you with sound and departs down the street.

This is not easy but not difficult either.

Come on in. The music is fine. 

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