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Especially for Christmas, Book 1

8 Christmas Favorites Arranged for Early Intermediate to Intermediate Pianists

By Dennis Alexander

Piano - Early Intermediate; Intermediate
8 Christmas Favorites Arranged for Early Intermediate to Intermediate Pianists. Arranged by Dennis Alexander. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Especially. Christmas; Sacred; Secular; Winter. Book. 24 pages. Alfred Music #00-31387. Published by Alfred Music (AP.31387).

Item Number: AP.31387

ISBN 0739055763. English.

The Especially for Christmas series includes arrangements of some of the world's favorite carols as well as familiar Christmas songs. Book 1 features traditional carols such as "Away in a Manger," "The First Noel" and "Silent Night" as well as popular songs such as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and a jazzy, upbeat version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." Pianists of all ages will enjoy the sophisticated yet accessible arrangements found in this series.

  • The First Noel  Arranged by Dennis Alexander
  • Up on the Housetop  Composed by Benjamin Hanby;Arranged by Dennis Alexander
  • Away In A Manger  Arranged by Dennis Alexander
  • Good King Wenceslas  Arranged by Dennis Alexander
  • Silent Night  Arranged by Dennis Alexander
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas  Composed by Ralph Blane;Lyrics by Hugh Martin
  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year  Composed by Edward Pola; George Wyle
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (VOCAL VERSION)  Composed by John Frederick Coots;Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
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  • 2008-12-03 00:00:00.0 Christmas Gems

    All three "Especially for Christmas" books are treasures for the library of any pianist or teacher. Ranging in level from early to late intermediate, these provide delightful arrangements of Christmas carols and tunes that are otherwise not often arranged. Carols such as "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella" and songs such...

    as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" aren't seen in many collections of Christmas arrangements so it was a treat to find them in these volumes. Always tasteful and creative, Alexander's arrangements are perfect for the older intermediate student in particular who might value some of these less often played tunes. Many of the sacred ones, I'd be proud to play for a church service, sight-readable as they may be, for Alexander's compositions are always pianistic and musical. These also make a great addition to the gigging musician at Christmastime, who may be in search of new sounds for old standards.

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