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The Christmas Collection

The Vocal Library High Voice

By Richard Walters

The Vocal Library High Voice. Arranged by Richard Walters. Vocal Collection. 296 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.740153).

Item Number: HL.740153

ISBN 0634030701. 9x12 inches.

This beautiful new volume in The Vocal Library is a large resource for classical singers of 53 songs for holiday services and events, designed for a lifetime of use. Contents include 26 Art Songs/Traditional Songs by composers such as Dello Joio, Bach, Debussy, Wolf, Niles, and including classics such as “Gesu Bambino,” “O Holy Night,” and “The Virgin's Slumber Song.” This section also includes the complete song cycle Weihnachtslieder by Peter Cornelius. The 19 Christmas carols include 5 Alfred Burt carols, arrangements by John Jacob Niles and Harry T. Burleigh, and 14 arrangements by Richard Walters. There are 8 popular Christmas standards in arrangements especially for singers: “The Christmas Song,” “The Christmas Waltz,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Silver Bells,” “White Christmas.” The same song list appears in the High Voice and Low Voice volumes. The collection includes 3 duets.

  • Wexford Carol 
  • Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella 
  • I Wonder as I Wander 
  • The Holly and the Ivy 
  • O Holy Night 
  • The First Noel 
  • Silent Night 
  • A Slumber Song Of The Madonna 
  • Christkind 
  • Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head 
  • In the bleak midwinter 
  • Deck the Hall 
  • Caroling, Caroling 
  • The Star Carol 
  • I Saw Three Ships 
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day 
  • Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming 
  • Slumber Song 
  • Go, Tell It on the Mountain 
  • A Christmas Carol 
  • Some Children See Him 
  • The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 
  • Silver Bells 
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) 
  • Do You Hear What I Hear 
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas  
  • White Christmas 
  • Once In Royal David's City 
  • The Birthday of a King 
  • What Songs Were Sung 
  • Christbaum 
  • Die Hirten - a 
  • Die Hirten - b 
  • Die Konige - a 
  • Die Konige - b 
  • Simeon 
  • Christus der Kinderfreund 
  • The Christmas Waltz 
  • O Hearken Ye 
  • This Is Christmas (Bright, Bright The Holly Berries) 
  • Ermuntre dich, mein schwacher Geist 
  • I Stand Here At The Cradleside 
  • Schlafendes Jesuskind 
  • Epiphanias 
  • Jesus Of Nazareth 
  • Holy Infant's Lullaby (Dello Joio) 
  • Nun Wandre, Maria 
  • O Jesulein Suss 
  • Bright Star 
  • Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons 
  • Gesù Bambino (The Infant Jesus) 
  • Ratings + Reviews

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  • April 27, 2008 A Dissapointing Christmas Compendiam

    This song book was one of the most anticipated and then disappointing pieces of sheet music I have ever purchased. I was extremely frustrated by the arrangements of classic Christmas pop tunes such as "The Christmas Waltz" because they take far to many liberties with the music, often entirely missing...

    the typical harmonies we all know and love and instead verging on avant-garde jazz sounds; perhaps this would be permissible to those interested in such things were it not for the advertising which claims "there are 8 popular Christmas standards in arrangements especially for singers" which does not remotely hint at the fact that this book for "Classical Singers" does not stick with the original classic sound. I would have appreciated some warning. I would have given this book only 1 star, but I ought to give it 2 stars because the older works in the book are the originals, and I particularly enjoyed being able to play through the Debussy Noel which is rare and unusual to come by.

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