The Christmas carols used in this publication have been arranged for melody instrument with harp accompaniment (lever or pedal). However, there is quite a bit of interplay between the two instruments as well as some solo sections for each of them. So, this is more than just a melody plus accompaniment book. Guitar chords are included so that if the transcribed accompaniment sections do not suit the harper or harpist, a chordal accompaniment may be used instead. The arrangements are presented in an order that facilitates lever changes between pieces so that the entire collection can be played from beginning to end as a “suite” of carols. However, individual selections may be extracted as desired.
If the 8va suggestions are ignored, and glissandos are shortened, this entire book of arrangements can be played on a harp of only 26 strings, from low C (C6) to high G (G2). If all arrangements are played exactly as written, then the range needed is 30 strings, from C6 to D2. Dynamic markings, fingerings, breath marks, and lever/pedal changes are provided throughout. However, the musicians should use whichever expressive markings and lever/pedal adjustments suit them, no matter what this book indicates!
1. Once In Royal David’s City
2. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
3. The Holly And The Ivy
4. Away In A Manger
5. The Huron Carol
6. Cold December Flies Away
7. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
8. O Come, All Ye Faithful
9. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
10. The First Noel