Christmas is Coming

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Favorites from Christmases past, present, and future.

John Wickey is guest Music Review Editor for Harp Column.

John Wickey is guest Music Review Editor for Harp Column.

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away (Detroit, to be precise), a young harpist was asked to play his first paid Christmas gig—10 minutes of solos in front of a big church congregation for three services. Around that same time there was also a Christmas party or two to play, his first time through A Ceremony of Carols, and/or the Nutcracker, and/or the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio—in short, there were a whole lot of notes to learn in a very short amount of time.

And lo, throughout the barren land (i.e., the music cabinet at school), the Christmas books were lonely and shivered together in their wee folder—a dog-eared copy of the Salzedo Christmas Harp Collection, The Harpist’s Book of Christmas Music by Betty Paret, and a few arrangements by May Hogan Cambern that were printed but looked more like manuscript.

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