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Carol of the Bells...and Friends

By Mykola Leontovych/Traditional English/Traditional French/Johnny Marks

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Piano Solo - Advanced
Composed by Mykola Leontovych/Traditional English/Traditional French/Johnny Marks. Arranged by Paul Pisano. 20th Century, Romantic Period, Christmas, Recital. Score. 5 pages. Published by PWP Enterprises (S0.269675).

Item Number: S0.269675

2017 Holiday Contest Entry:Piano Solo - Advanced

This "Christmas Fantasietta" interweavesthe famous motive from Carol of the Bells with three other carolswhile parodying various styles of piano music (e.g., Chopin, Liszt, Brahms,Balakirev, and Ginastera).

Conceived in a loose ABA form, the introductory four-note motive and "ding,dong" countermelody of Carol of the Bells become a double ostinato abovethe first two phrases of What Child Is This in the left hand,which then seamlessly takes over the 3/4 ostinato while the right handannounces Sing We Now of Christmas in 6/8 above it. Theinitial chiming octaves soon give way to widely shifting broken octaves that furtheremphasize the polymeter.

The transition to I Heard the Bells onChristmas Day depicts multiple church bells, ringing the four-notemotive in both hands polyrhythmically and striking the hour in the bass.Eventually the right hand quietly absorbs the motive into a canonic imitation,while the left hand plays the new carol in thick chords and continues to strikethe hour.

At the return of the A section Sing We Now ofChristmas reappears, supported by a 4/4 version of the double ostinato thatgradually yields to a repeated-note melodic treatment that recalls the Friskasof Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The piece concludes witha coda di bravura based on the climactic repeated-note motive fromCarol of the Bells.

For pianists in search of a short but showyChristmas arrangement, Carol of the Bells...and Friends wouldbe a perfect closer or encore for a November or December piano recital, or toplay for friends and family at holiday festivities at home.   

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