Reviews - What do customers think about Piano Stylings of Classic Christmas Carols?
Here are the songs in this album Aug 17, 2007
For those of you that wondered, as I did, what songs were in this book, I'm listing them: Angels We Have Heard On High Away In a Manger Bring A Torch, Jeannette Isabella (??) Carol Of The Bells Deck The Halls The First Noel God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Good King Wenceslas The Holly & The Ivy I Heard The Bells It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Joy To The World O Christmas Tree O Come, All Ye Faithful O Holy Night O Little Town Of Bethlehem Silent Night We Three Kings We Wish You A Merry Christmas What Child Is This That would be 20 songs for around 50 cents a song when the book is on sale; not bad. I tried out about four of them to give an idea of difficulty and harmonics. The level is most close to intermediate; advanced players may find these too easy technically. However, there is a level of difficulty for the player to make the piano sing the melody in a pleasing and/or moving fashion. Silent Night is an acid test because there isn't much harmonic variety in the song as written. The arrangement here adds a little color without straying too far from the familiar. In some arrangements, however, the harmonic resolutions were not as good as they should be; there are obvious attempts to surprise the ear by adding unexpected chords that then do not fold back in very smoothly. In such instances I'm not afraid to alter the chord progression to a more pleasing result.