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An arrangement by Rhett Barnwell based on the much-loved Christmas Carol “The First Noel”. It is designed as a relatively simple, yet poignant, arrangement, with unexpected harmonies and evocative chords, and a hint of Celtic flavor. In the key of C, with no lever changes, at an easy intermediate level. For PDF download version, see SKU E386.
INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS. Beautiful and simple melody. Begins with single notes, progresses to some drones, then into a full accompaniment. Rhett is an extremely knowledgeable liturgical musician. His footnotes on this piece follow: One of the five beautiful hymns St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274) composed at the request of Pope Urban IV (1261 - 1264), to commemorate the establishment of the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1264. The hymn is found in the Roman Missal as a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass. It is also associated with Gregorian Chant. Beautiful and simple melody.
INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS + HIGH VOICE. An arrangement of an early 14th century Eucharistic prayer, possibly written by Pope John XXII. This piece was composed while on a spiritual pilgrimage to Jerusalem in July, 2019. It is written in the key of D Major (F# and C3), and contains no accidentals. The voice part ranges from the D one note above Middle C to the F# which is the top line on the treble staff. Left hand is mostly arpeggiated, right hand often doubles the melody line, with some harmony notes sprinkled here and there. Text is presented in Latin, with an English translation in the notes section. No accidentals, five pages in length.