Advanced Christmas Music

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  • Participant on #256855

    Hello all! I was wondering if anyone had good recommendations for advanced Christmas music for harp solo or harp duo/trio. Something on the same level as Concert Variations on Adeste Fidelis by Carlos Salzedo? Give or take a bit on the level.

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #256861

    The first thing that springs to mind is the Interlude from A Ceremony of Carols by Britten, or one of the solos from Rutter’s Dancing Day. (second solo at 12:54) Judy Loman wrote a little suite of Christmas carols, though I don’t know if she has published them. Kim Robertson’s collection of Christmas pieces have some quite challenging ones.

    Participant on #256879

    Ah yes! The Ceremony of Carols Interlude. That’s a great one. I’ll look into the Rutter, and Judy Loman for sure! I didn’t know she had done a Christmas Suite.

    Alison on #257005

    If you like Tournier, “Les Enfants a la Creche de Noel” is interesting and intriguing, but not everybody likes it, it’s characteristically quirky and I like it and it has the ‘Christmas sound’ !

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #257176

    Tournier also wrote a lovely suite Six Noëls, and Saint-Saëns wrote Variations Pastorales sur un vieux Noël. The Saint-Saëns can be played either as a solo or with a string quartet.

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