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Musicroom Staff Picks – 14th November 2022

The Best Christmas Songbook Ever

All your favourite songs and carols in one wonderful, carefully selected edition. Newly arranged and engraved for Piano, Voice and Guitar, these 49 songs set the mood for the festive season. Every member of the family is catered for, young and old, with a selection of favourites which covers more recent hits, such as ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ as well as the traditional classics that make the season special: ‘Away In A Manger’, ‘We Three Kings Of Orient Are, O Come’, ‘All Ye Faithful’ and many more. The accessible arrangements mean you don’t have to spend too much time practising before family and friends can gather around the piano for a Christmas sing-along.

John Thompson’s Easiest Christmas Songbook

First published in 1954, John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course is one of the most-loved and best-selling Piano methods in the world. John Thompson’s timeless approach to teaching has been trusted by generations of teachers to start millions of students on their musical journey. Featuring beloved Christmas favourites, this bumper songbook includes 30 repertoire pieces to complement the Easiest Piano Course, helping to reinforce basic technique, develop musicality and increase the enjoyment of learning. Includes ‘Silent Night,’ ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘Away in a Manger,’ ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas,’ ‘Ding Dong! Merrily on High,’ and ‘O Holy Night.’

Play Happy Christmas

The new volumes of the series Play Happy, published by Ricordi, include 10 famous Christmas songs arranged for flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello and piano. These easy level arrangements, designed for students in their first years of study, use simple duration values and rhythms, are set in the easiest keys for each respective instrument. With a focus on intonation and on ensemble practice, Play Happy series is designed for students of music courses in public and private schools, and for the beginner conservatoire students. These Christmas Editions are a perfect pair with the rest of the series which include repertoire books made of 100 pieces from the classical repertoire arranged for beginners at their first steps in playing an instrument.

SAM-Klang: An English Christmas I

This first collection of five carols samples the vast spectrum of festive musical fare that still lies at the heart of the English Christmas tradition. Whether for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, or the occasional caroller, these carols offer a comforting annual sanctuary from the dizzying maelstroms of modern being. The volume opens with Ding dong! merrily on high, a carol famed for its lengthy melismatic melodic sequence. G.R. Woodward, an Anglican priest, took a 16th century French dance tune and added lyrics, and in doing so betrayed his ardent passion for bellringing. I saw three ships, equally skittish, is a carol of unestablished English origin – possibly Derbyshire, possibly Cornwall – with the ambiguous line ‘O they sailed into Bethlehem’ the subject of much inconclusive discussion. Three carol-hymn favourites follow: O come, all ye faithful; O little town of Bethlehem; and Once in royal David’s city: all firm mainstays of any English carol concert or service. Now often heard embellished to the hilt, these SAM-Klang arrangements faithfully observe the original craftsmanship.

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