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A Festival of Carols (Choral Score)

By Frank Ferko

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SATB choir, harp - Late Intermediate
Composed by Frank Ferko. Multi-Movement/Large Choral Work. Christmas, 21st Century. Choral score. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.6195).

Item Number: EC.6195

ISBN 600313461958. 8.5" x 11" inches.

A Festival of Carols for mixed chorus and harp is based on five Christmas carol texts by 19th century American poets and hymn writers. Although it was my intention to use earlier American texts, I found that most Christmas carols sung in America prior to the 19th century were carols brought to this country by immigrants from their homelands in Europe. Thus, many of the early carols sung here did not originate in this country. The 19th century, however, did produce an abundance of new texts by American writers, and these were also set to music by American composers. Some of these carols have become quite well-known while others have remained relatively obscure. In the present work all of the music is new whether or not the texts are familiar. Thus, the carols herein are not arrangements of previously existing tunes but entirely new melodies and harmonizations with the harp used both as an accompanying instrument and as an intrinsic thread within the larger musical fabric. --Frank Ferko.

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