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The Coventry Carol

By Steve Pilkington

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The Coventry Carol arranged by Steve Pilkington. For SATB choir, 7 handbells. Christmastide, Christmas Eve, Holy Innocents, Holy Family. Evoking Sound Series. Music Education. Easy. Text language: English. 8 pages. Published by GIA Publications (GI.G-6102).

With Text language: English. Music Education.

This well-known early English melody has been arranged countless times, but I dare say none of them with the artistic and innovative bent of Steve Pilkington.
Careful attention needs to be paid to the minor second clashes, added notes and the hemiola three-against-two in the tenors and basses.
A simple, pure tone will bring out the intended dissonance and help with intonation, especially at cadences.
The optional handbell motif for seven bells adds greatly to this piece that must be sung a cappella to achieve maximum effect.

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