Christmas is Coming


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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