The Holly and the Ivy (Choral Score) composed by John A. Behnke. For SATB choir, piano, optional handbells. Advent, Christmas, Hanging of the Green. Moderately Easy. Choral Score. 15 pages. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.50-1720).
At times lilting, at other times rhythmic, this arrangement of the tune THE HOLLY AND THE IVY is imbued with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. The "prickle" and "berry" verses are set in minor. This provides a wonderful contrast and allows a welcome return of the major key for the final verse, which is set for unison choir plus descant. The bell parts are optional but add a lot of sparkle. Separate parts are provided for a 2-3 octave or a 5 octave bell choir.