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The Naxos Book of Carols
SATB Sheet Music Book
By Antony Pitts

Choir Sacred SATB choir (SATB choir)
SATB. Composed by Antony Pitts. Choral (Sacred); Choral Collection; Collections; Performance Music Ensemble; Worship Resources. Faber Edition. Christmas. Book. Faber Music #12-0571523250. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571523250).

Item Number: AP.12-0571523250

ISBN 9780571523252. English.

The Naxos Book of Carols is collection of both the very old and the very new. Commissioned by the leading international classical music label, Naxos, these twenty-four arrangements of traditional and original carols tell the Christmas story - from the hope of Advent and the message of the Angels, to the humble birth of the baby in Bethlehem and the coming of the King of kings.

This new collaboration between Naxos and Faber Music has brought this volume, containing all 24 carols in four narrative sequences, in new arrangements for SATB choir with minimum divisi. There is a good mix of accompanied and a capella (even the latter have optional accompaniments) and there is practical guidance on how the carols may be used by congregations, as well as choirs with varied resources.

The original CD, performed by the award-winning choir Tonus Peregrinus and directed by the composer Antony Pitts, is included within each book making it incredible value for money.

  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 
  • Of the Father's heart Begotten 
  • O quickly come 
  • Verbum Patris umanatur, O, O 
  • Lo! He Comes 
  • The Holly and the Ivy 
  • Lo, there a Rose is blooming 
  • Alleluya - a new work 
  • Ding! Dong! meriily on high 
  • While Shepherds Watched 
  • The Song of Angels 
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 
  • Silent Night 
  • Away In A Manger 
  • Baby Jesus, hush! Now sleep 
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem 
  • Jesu, the very thought is sweet 
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful 
  • Personent hodie 
  • In dulci jubilo 
  • Good King Wenceslas 
  • We Three Kings Of Orient Are 
  • I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In 
  • Hail To The Lord's Anointed 
  • Ratings + Reviews

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  • January 11, 2010 Mixed quality

    There are perhaps five or six truly lovely arrangements from this set of twenty-four. These are generally the less well-known pieces, which Pitts treats with restraint and subtlety. In the better-known pieces, he adds many awkward and unmusical reharmonisations in an attempt to make the tunes sound...

    new and different. However, the good arrangements (including a beautiful "Lo, There a Rose is Blooming", a sparkling "Ding Dong Merrily" and an inspired take on "The Holly and the Ivy") are worth the cost of the book.

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