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Carol of the Bells...and Friends

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By Mykola Leontovych/Trad. English/Trad. French/John Baptiste Calkin

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Piano Solo - Level 5 - Digital Download
Composed by Mykola Leontovych/Trad. English/Trad. French/John Baptiste Calkin. Arranged by Paul Pisano. 20th Century, A Cappella, Christmas, Concert, Contemporary, Romantic Period. Score. 5 pages. PWP Enterprises #3245623. Published by PWP Enterprises (A0.904608).

Item Number: A0.904608

2017 Holiday Contest Entry:Piano Solo - Advanced

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

Conceived in a loose ABA form, the introductory four-note motive and "ding,dong" countermelody of Carol of the Bells become a double ostinato above a surprise appearance of What Child Is This in the left hand,which then seamlessly takes over the 3/4 ostinato while the right handannounces Noël nouvelet (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 cut-time version of the double ostinato. Stylistically it combines influences of the reel dance (associated with Scottish-Irish fiddle music) with quasi-Lisztian keyboard treatment. 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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--Nearer, My God, to Thee/I Need Thee Every Hour: 
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--Come, Thou Glorious Day of Promise: arr. SATB divisi a cappella. Advanced.

--Come Unto Me: SATB divisi a cappella, original setting of Matt. 11:28-29. Advanced.

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