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Popular Performer -- Christmas Classics

The Best Popular Songs of the Holiday Season

By Mark Hayes

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Piano - Advanced
The Best Popular Songs of the Holiday Season. Arranged by Mark Hayes. Book; Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Popular Performer Series. Christmas; Secular; Winter. 52 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.38593).

Item Number: AP.38593
ISBN 0739082884. Christmas; Secular; Winter.

The Christmas season has inspired decades of memorable popular music. Mark Hayes revisits some of these timeless songs, expertly casting them in the rich voice of the piano. Titles: The Gift * Grown-Up Christmas List * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * I’ll Be Home for Christmas * It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year * Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! * Let There Be Peace on Earth * The Little Drummer Boy * Sleigh Ride * Toyland.
"The arrangements here are sure to impress any party crowd"
--Yiyi Ku, Music Teachers Helper Blog.

About Popular Performer Series

Alfred's Popular Performer series includes collections of pop, jazz, Broadway and movie music. Each selection is masterfully arranged for Early Advanced to Advanced pianists. Rich textures, sophisticated harmonies and inventive rhythms make these arrangements ideal for hobbyists, advancing students, professional musicians or any Popular Performer!

  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year  Composed by Edward Pola; George Wyle
  • Toyland (from "Babes in Toyland")  Composed by Victor Herbert;Lyrics by Glen MacDonough
  • Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!  Composed by Jule Styne;Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas   Composed by Walter Kent;Lyrics by Kim Gannon
  • The Gift  Composed by Jim Brickman; Tom Douglas
  • The Little Drummer Boy  Composed by Katherine Davis; Henry Onorati; Harry Simeone
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas  Composed by Ralph Blane;Lyrics by Hugh Martin
  • Sleigh Ride (Instrumental)  Composed by Leroy Anderson
  • Grown-Up Christmas List  Composed by David Foster; Linda Thompson
  • Let There Be Peace On Earth  Composed by Jill Jackson; Sy Miller
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Location:
    Abingdon, VA
    Difficulty Level:
    Advanced
  • December 12, 2012 I love it!

    I got this book a few weeks ago and have had so much fun playing the great Christmas arrangements. I've been playing piano for 10 years and have come to be rather advanced. This book was at the perfect level of difficulty for me because they're hard enough...

    to be beautiful and challenging yet easy enough to master within a few days. Mark Hayes is an amazing arranger. The pieces are interesting and are not so repetitive that they become boring. I especially love the arrangement of "Sleigh Ride". This is an excellent asset to any advanced pianists Christmas collection!

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  • 5

    Location:
    Colton, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • October 04, 2012 Great

    I love this book! I love 7 of the 10 arrangements and like the other 3. They are all appropriately jazzy and fun to play. Each composition is quite different from the others. "Toyland" is my favorite. I would rate this an 8 on a 10-scale. Most of the...

    difficulty comes from rhythms (swing and lots of ties) and fingering on ornaments and cadenzas. Lots of chords and some fun glissandos. I love having a book of songs that the piano can sing without a singer.

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  • 5

    Location:
    Naples, FL
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • July 29, 2012 Popular Performer-Christmas Classics

    Very nice Christmas solos for the advanced performer. The music has a slight jazz sound

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  • 5

    Location:
    Dallas, TX
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • January 03, 2012 Popular Christmas

    Sleigh Ride is challenging for small hands. Toyland is lovely. Little Drummer Boy is a nice influence of African rhythms. Let There Be Peace On Earth is a show stopper. Let It Snow and It's the Most Wonderful Time are sheer fun. I'll Be Home for Christmas is...

    a classic. It's Mark Hayes at his usual best.

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    21 of 36 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Location:
    Escondido
    Difficulty Level:
    Advanced
  • November 29, 2011 Popular Performer Christmas Classics

    Great arrangements - love this book. Every song is a winner especially "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". The music is just challenging enough to make it interesting but easy enough that a player does not have to practice for days and days to master. I love all...

    of the books in this series.

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