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And Therefore Be Merry

By Brian Joyce

String ensemble string quartet - Grade 3
Arranged by Brian Joyce. Fresh and fun, yet traditional. Christmas. Score and set of parts. Published by Latham Music Enterprises (LA.703134).

Item Number: LA.703134

ISBN 978-1-62876-268-6.

Rehearsal recommended. Contents: Bring a Torch, Sussex Carol, Now is Born the Divine Christ Child, Patapan, We Three Kings, A Virgin Most Pure, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

  • Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella 
  • Sussex Carol 
  • Now Is Born The Divine Christ Child 
  • Patapan 
  • We Three Kings 
  • A Virgin Most Pure 
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem 
  • Ding Dong! Merrily on high 
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Northeast Indiana
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  • 2011-05-20 00:00:00.0 English, not American

    Many of the carols included in this medley will be unfamiliar to American listeners. Therefore, while a well-crafted, inventive setting, this is not good background music for American groups. Also, the difficulty inherent in medleys (frequent time changes, transitions from song to song) makes this a hard piece to...

    play without a conductor. Not a piece a casual quartet can work up quickly.

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  • 5

    Moorestown, NJ
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  • 2007-10-11 00:00:00.0 A Medley that's not Hokey

    It's more than Christmas Music that you play in a particular's a Piece of Music that is genuinely worth playing. The arrangements are well done, and well suited for string quartet, from colors achieved to how idiomatic the parts are. The parts are well balanced (not...

    constantly 1st violin dominated) and each instrument is featured. The cellist won't be bored, and the violins won't be stressed. Above all, it's not hokey, despite its' being a Christmas medley. The familiar melodies are treated with a rare dignity. Tunes are allowed to finish before they start transitioning to the next one. The result is a series of fresh arrangements of traditional songs that sound like a smooth series of songs, rather than the jarring, abrupt mash of more of the same that is so typical with contemporary Christmas music.

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