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Classical Piano Music for the Christmas Season

Selected Works by 20 Composers

Solo piano - Early Advanced; Intermediate; Late Intermediate
Selected Works by 20 Composers. Edited by Maurice Hinson. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Library. Classical and Christmas. Songbook. With standard notation. 72 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.23223).

Item Number: AP.23223

9x12 inches.

This collection provides some of the best seasonal piano pieces by the great composers. Selections range in difficulty from intermediate to the moderately difficult level. Editorial pedaling and fingering is provided.

  • Romanian Christmas Carols (Three Kings Follow the Star, Sz. 57, Series I, No. 10; Let Us Go to Bethlehem, Sz. 57, Series II, No. 10)  Composed by Bela Bartok
  • Rustic Serenade to the Virgin Mary  Composed by Hector Berlioz
  • A Rose is Gently Blooming, Op. 122, No. 8  Composed by Johannes Brahms
  • Noel  Composed by Louis-Claude Daquin
  • Swiss Noel  Composed by Louis-Claude Daquin
  • Christmas Carol from Anjou  Composed by Cesar Auguste Franck
  • Now Tell Us, Gentle Mary  Composed by Cesar Auguste Franck
  • Old Christmas Carol  Composed by Cesar Auguste Franck
  • Whence Comes This Rush of Wings?  Composed by Cesar Auguste Franck
  • Let Our Gladness Know No End  Composed by Robert Fuhrer
  • Christmas Chimes, Op. 36, No. 1  Composed by Niels W. Gade
  • The Christmas Tree, Op. 36, No. 2  Composed by Niels W. Gade
  • Les pifferari (The Italian Pipers)  Composed by Charles Francois Gounod
  • The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol  Composed by Percy Aldridge Grainger
  • Pifa  Composed by George Frideric Handel
  • Christmas Song (Christ Is Born), S. 502  Composed by Franz Liszt
  • The Shepherd at the Manger: In dulci jubilo, S. 186:3  Composed by Franz Liszt
  • Happiness at Christmas, Op. 72, No. 1  Composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn
  • A Christmas Gift, Op. 7  Composed by John Knowles Paine
  • Around the Christmas Tree, Op. 216, No. 6  Composed by Joseph Joachim Raff
  • Children Playing Around the Christmas Tree  Composed by Vladimir Rebikov
  • A Music Box Gift  Composed by Vladimir Rebikov
  • Silent Night, Op. 17, No. 9  Composed by Max Reger
  • Christmas Sonatina, Op. 251, No. 3  Composed by Carl Reinecke
  • Sonata Pastorale, K. 513  Composed by Domenico Scarlatti
  • Knecht Ruprecht, Op. 68, No. 12  Composed by Robert Schumann
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Op. 71a, No. 3  Composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Crystal River, FL
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  • 2017-03-21 12:00:48.0 Just as described

    This book is intermediate/advanced and great for church or solo performance. Some passages are discordant, but that's to be expected from classical composers.

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  • 5

    Terre Haute, IN
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  • 2016-01-18 15:18:56.0 Exactly as Advertised

    This book includes, exactly as it advertises, Classical music for the Christmas season. These are not Christmas pop songs or carols dressed up in a classical veneer, but actual compositions by actual wide variety of composers. Most of the pieces would blend into a Christmas recital, which is exactly why...

    I bought this collection. I have several students who do not celebrate Christmas at home, but would still want to participate at our Winter recital. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone looking for something to play around the holidays that isn't just another arrangement of Jingle Bells.

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  • 3

    Killeen, Tx.
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  • 2015-12-11 16:31:05.0 Okay

    1 or 2 of the pieces are sophisticated enough to be used as a solo. However, most of the pieces, although written by classical composers sound like they belong in a children's piano recital or play. Possibly a good book for a child taking piano.

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  • 4

    Spokane, WA
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  • 2015-12-10 23:26:38.0 mostly pluses

    This is not for the person looking for Jingle Bells or Silent Night. These are all obscure pieces that are more evocative of the season than specifically Christmas oriented. having said that, there are a number of songs in which the composer built famous Christmas melodies into the overall structure...

    . The material is extremely varied and I would suggest testing a few measure of each piece until you find one that appeals to you. There is something here for everyone. The book opens with two pieces by Bartok, which I think is unusual. Personally, I like the pieces but they aren't what I would call very accessible for most people. I would have buried them in the middle somewhere. My only major disappointment is that a few of the songs have titles that are entirely editorial. That means they are probably not even Christmas related. For example, "Happiness at Christmas" by Mendelsson has a fake name. The real name is "Children's piece". Overall, I think this book has a lot to recommend it.

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  • 2013-11-11 05:33:16.0 HUGE disappointment!

    I gave this one star only because I couldn't give it zero. Most of these pieces are very, very short. And they are just plain uninteresting or outright ugly. Almost nothing in here is recognizable, which is fine, but it feels like someone was trying to use the scraps...

    of unwanted pieces to put into a book and make a buck. I am a lover of piano music and have a huge library of such, but this will be the first (and hopefully only) piano book I have bought that will go into the garbage. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

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