Emerald Duets: Christmas, Volume 1. (Downloadable Product)
|1. Angels We Have Heard on High||9. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel|
|2. Away in a Manger||10. O Little Town of Bethlehem|
|3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen||11. Silent Night|
|4. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing||12. The First Noel|
|5. In the Bleak Midwinter||13. The Holly & the Ivy|
|6. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear||14. The Wexford Carol|
|7. Joy to the World||15. What Child is This|
|8. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence|
Why in eBook format?
We chose the eBook format for this project as, even though it might seem nice at first to have a hard copy, you will soon want to make multiple copies (we permit 4 sets of printouts per purchase) so that you can play this music with others. It is much more convenient to simply hit "print" on your computer than have to run to the copy shop to have copies run. Also, you don't have to wait to receive it! You can start playing the music with others today instead of waiting for the mail to arrive which is during the holidays, slower than usual. Also, for those of you with eBook readers such as the Kindle, iPad or even iPhone will enjoy having it (.pdf and .mp3s) with you at all times!
Excerpt from the preface...
With hearts full of joy and wonder, we sought to create something special this Advent & Christmas season. With much excitement we present to you…
Emerald Duets: Christmas, Volume 1.
The arrangements are simple yet artful, with parts for two melody instruments, piano & guitar. The melody lines are suitable for most C instruments and optimized for the D tin whistle and Irish flute. Peter’s piano arrangements are accessible yet satisfying and at times, dramatic. Guitarists will enjoy Blayne’s thoughtful guitar chord voicing.
While you are welcome to play the arrangements exactly as written, with all four instruments playing the entire song, we would like to encourage your creativity as well. The songs are meant to be repeated more than once, and on each repeat you can use different combinations of parts. For example, you might try playing a song through once with only guitar and melody, and then the second time through add the piano and harmony. Or start with the bare piano accompaniment as a prelude and then add one part at a time in a slow crescendo. Pianists who enjoy improvising can use Peter's piano arrangements as a framework to build on as they see fit...