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String Quartet, String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional. Arranged by Helen Marple-Horvat. Early Music, Christian, Spiritual, General Worship, Christmas. 13 pages. Published by Helen Marple-Horvat (S0.275153).

Item Number: S0.275153

I have always loved the gorgeous false relations in the harmony of this carol, and enjoyed singing it in choirs down the years, as well as organising choral groups to sing it. I have included various harmonisations of the wonderful tune, and a short contrapuntal development section in the middle to add some interest. 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, The Angel Gabriel. They play with lots of vibrato, few open strings, and slurred bows. That would be fine for Grade 5 players and above. However, open strings and one note per bow could still sound good, and the violin in the high positions could easily be played down an octave. All the double stopping includes an open string but could be divided between parts in a string orchestra. If teachers want to buy this for a young string orchestra or quartet, drop me a line on Facebook, or below the performance on my Youtube Channel, and I will upload an easier version to the site for you, with some small changes. The key is easy for strings and with a bit of rehearsal, the counting can be mastered. Have fun, and let me know if you have performed it!

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