Rejoice! It's Christmas
From Plank Road Publishingby John Riggio, Mike Wilson, and Karl Hitzemann
Carols Old & New For Young Voices
Through the years, our great team of composers and arrangers has produced striking, memorable Christmas music including unique arrangements of favorite carols. They have filled the pages of the second issue of Music K-8 magazine, making them highly sought after publications.
In this collection, we have assembled some of our best-loved songs from recent years for the next Christmas performance by your choir or congregation. While they are primarily designed for young voices, they are ideal for use with smaller choirs or with groups that have limited rehearsal time for each performance. Includes:
- O Come All Ye Faithful - Here's a spirited rendition of a classic Christmas carol. Subscribers love John's Celtic arrangements and we think this one is a great addition to the genre. It features a rockin' rhythm section, lots of drums, strings, fiddle, and penny whistle.
- On The Road To Bethlehem - Religious Christmas tune or a pretty winter song... You've got the option with "On The Road To Bethlehem"/"Sing A Song This Winter Night." With two sets of lyrics (the secular winter lyrics are in italics), we used a "We Three Kings" feel for this 2-part round that's really easy to learn. The first time is unison and the second time is where the round begins. The bridge is back to unison, then it's a round and 2-part to the end.
- Il Est Né - This is a lovely French Christmas carol that has been a favorite of many for decades. Our arrangement has a bright, gentle feel to it, featuring an accompaniment of piano, bass, guitar, and strings. We only used the first phrase from the original carol, "Il est né le Divin Enfant," which means "He is born, the Divine Child." A handy pronunciation guide is also included. The rest of the lyrics are in English and are original.
- The Holly And The Ivy - Here's a non-traditional arrangement of a traditional Christmas carol. It starts out gently with piano, bass, and a synth choir sound. Then it starts to build, adding an optional solo, nylon guitar melody, and a low, evolving analog synth. Next comes the string section, sleigh bells, and electric guitar solo, and finally the full band with ballad rock drums and singers. It's beautifully emotional and powerful.
- Good Christian Men, Rejoice - A classic old carol with origins dating back to the 14th century, this is a familiar and uplifting tune that really captures the spirit of Christmas. Our arrangement includes unison vocals and a rhythm band ensemble made up of finger cymbals, triangle, hand drum, and jingle bells. The recorded accompaniment features a wonderful brass choir.
- Alleluia, Hodie Alleluia - Here is an energetic Christmas selection for your older singers. We've set this in a 3-part voicing with part 3 being accessible to your lower, changing, and changed voices. It can also be performed as a unison piece using part 1 only.
- Ding Dong! Merrily On High - The song has a great melody, dating back to the 1500s, and it's downright cheerful to sing. Arranged in a Celtic style, it is laden with big drums, penny whistle, fiddle, strings, a celeste, and a generous blend of jingle bells and sleigh bells.
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