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Violin, Cello, String Quartet, THREE VIOLINS AND CELLO/ STRING ORCHESTRA FOR VIOLINS AND CELLOS. - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional. Arranged by Helen Marple-Horvat. Christian, Sacred, Praise & Worship, General Worship, Christmas. Set of Parts. 13 pages. Published by Helen Marple-Horvat (S0.379003).

Item Number: S0.379003

I love carols in minor keys because there is so much scope for playing around with the harmony. I have re-arranged this carol for three violins instead of viola, as a flexible possibility. If you would like to watch a video of a professional quartet playing my arrangement on Youtube, look up my channel by typing Skinny Black Dogs, Capriccio Quartet, O Come Emmanuel. This version is almost identical, though Violin 3 sometimes goes up an octave and passes on the lower notes to the cellist who gets some double stopping! The quartet play it beautifully, but it could also be played by a very young quartet because most of the he double stopping includes one note on an open string.

Grade 5 ABRSM could manage it, and possible Grade 3! It will sound mediaeval with the open strings ringing out. The key is a very easy one for strings. However there are a few surprises in the counting so watch out! It isn’t always obvious, but with a few rehearsals you will have a fresh take on a very old carol. It would be great for a string orchestra, or a quartet in an end of term carol service. If you perform it, take a video, even if on a phone, and send it to me on Facebook. I would love to see some young people enjoying it.

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