This Second Christmas Suite is for intermediate players and features 6 pieces, three originals (one with references to Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells) and three classic carols. There is even a combination of two carol melodies at the same time. This collection is sure to delight the intermediate players it is intended for.
Winter Carol. This new carol, in a minor key and in triple time, summons up a winter scene, possibly with a horse-drawn sleigh on a star-filled snowy night.
A Lullaby for Christmas Eve is a gentle and tender Christmas lullaby, written for Wendy Beardall-Norton’s grandchildren Rivi and Phoenix. Wendy is married to Christopher Norton and has co-written Micromusicals and also writes educational piano music.
Rise Up Shepherd. A duet version of this beautiful old spiritual. It is very much a call-and-response piece.
Trimming the Tree Rock. A bright and rhythmic version of Deck the Halls. Jingle Bells is passingly referred to in the middle section.
Once in Royal David’s City/Good King Wenceslas. This soft rock Christmas medley begins with Once in Royal David’s City and unexpectedly is joined by Good King Wenceslas to create a lovely two-tune combination.
Il Est Ne. A beloved French carol in the style of a lullaby. The gently rocking accompaniment in the chorus is nicely contrasted with the canonic introductory figure.