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Pacem Noel

By Larry Clark

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 - Grade 2
Composed by Larry Clark. Arranged by Larry Clark Rae Moses. Collate - FS SWS. Christmas and Holiday, Young String Orchestra. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 8+8+2+5+5+5+2+8 pages. Carl Fischer Music #YAS86. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS86).

Item Number: CF.YAS86

ISBN 9780825873423. 8.5 x 11 inches. Key: C major.

Larry Clark takes two of the most well-known songs for the holidays and cleverly combines them into a seamless new musical experience. The famous Dona Nobis Pacem tune is merged with The First Noel into an exquisite arrangement with the title suggesting that we all have "Peace for Christmas." Your students will feel the spirit of the season while playing this heartwarming work for the holidays, ideal for a holiday concert. Duration: 3:24.
In the process of trying to come up with new ways to present music for the holiday season, that are both interesting for the players and audiences, I discovered that the famous canon Dona Nobis Pacem and the popular carol The First Noel would work together. This is the basis for the arrangement. The title obviously is a combining of both titles, but I thought it was appropriate as it could be loosely translated as "Peace for Christmas." Certainly that is something that everyone wishes for around the holidays; peace on earth and good will towards men! The arrangement begins with a complete statement of the three-part canon before leading to a combination of the canon with the carol. This is first done in simple counterpoint and then with full ensemble harmony. This leads to a modulation for the climax of the piece with the carol alone and then the canon returns for the ending with a short quote of Angels We Have Heard on High along with the other two songs to complete the arrangement. It has been my pleasure to have the opportunity to write this piece. I hope you and your students enjoy it and find it useful for your program. --Larry Clark Lakeland, FL 2010.

About Carl Fischer Young String Orchestra Series

This series of Grade 2/Grade 2.5 pieces is designed for second and third year ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:
--Occasionally extending to third position
--Keys carefully considered for appropriate difficulty
--Addition of separate 2nd violin and viola parts
--Viola T.C. part included
--Increase in independence of parts over beginning levels

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