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Christmas is approaching and with it the most musical time of the year. Advent and Christmas concerts are held everywhere, Christmas carols are heard every evening at the Christmas markets and at home under the Christmas tree there is singing and festive home music.
Especially in the classical and romantic periods, domestic music was an integral part of people's cultural lives. In the Romantic period, numerous salons were created in which Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and many others presented their music and exchanged ideas with like-minded people. With the emergence of sound carriers at the beginning of the 20th century, however, the practice of domestic music gradually declined – only for birthdays or Christmas have people still kept singing together or playing instruments in a private setting.
That is why we would like to present you a selection of sheet music for making cosy, contemplative and also popular music during the Christmas period:
This book contains 45 well-know Christmas carols in attractive arrangements for 1-2 voices with easy-to-play piano accompaniments. Guitar frames are included for all the titles.
This indispensable collection of the best-loved Christmas carols for piano solo enables the advanced pianist to tune into the Christmas season with challenging set pieces.
A collection of 12 traditional carols for easy string quartet (grade 2) from master arranger Bruce Healey. This group of delightful arrangements will become your most valuable resource of holiday music for years to come. Each carol is given a fresh, creative treatment, yet is expertly arranged with younger players in mind. Score and parts.
Same every year: When the sounds of strings and flutes were sparkling, when classical songs sounded under the Christmas tree, then the electric guitarist better left his guitar at home right away and plucked his acoustic guitar. With these original and authentic blues arrangements for electric guitar, every foreplay in front of the Christmas tree becomes a groovy blues gig!
Here we have listed the most important Christmas links for you, so you can quickly find the right sheet music for your instrument:
Among the composer anniversaries of the year 2018 – Rossini, Debussy, Bernstein... – he is probably the least known composer today; in the 1950s and 1970s, however, he was one of the most frequently performed living composers: Gottfried von Einem. In 1918 he was born into a family of Austrian diplomats and military people. His Concerto for Orchestra Op. 4, premiered in 1944 by the young Herbert von Karajan, aroused the distrust of the National Socialist public because of its jazzy rhythm. You can find out more about his eventful life and his diverse work on the website of the Gottfried von Einem Music-Foundation, supplemented by numerous sound examples.
His international breakthrough came in 1947 when he premiered Dantons Tod (Danton’s Death) at the Salzburg Festival. The new production of this work about revolution and dictatorship at the Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in Munich can be seen until mid-November. In the summer, the Salzburg Festival (Austria) commemorated the composer closely associated with them during their lifetime with the Kafka opera Der Prozeß (The Trial).
In large parts, however, his music – further operas, ballets, four symphonies, solo concertos – which is always committed to an expanded tonality, rhythmically pointed and masterfully orchestrated – is still awaiting rediscovery. For oratorio choirs, the cantatas An die Nachgeborenen, Das Stundenlied after Brecht, the Hymnus an Goethe or the Missa Claravallensis would be worthwhile alternatives to the current repertoire.
The idea of the untouchable musical work of art is a child of the late 19th century. For centuries, the reworking of works and their adaptation to the circumstances of the respective performance was the norm.
Carus-Verlag takes up this pragmatic approach to masterpieces and offers a whole series of famous choral works with a reduced orchestral cast. This not only makes large works possible for smaller choirs - the new versions immerse the well-known works in an often refreshingly new sound.
The scope of the poems in the original ranges from a slightly reduced number of wind instruments (Haydn: The Creation) to chamber orchestra instrumentation (Brahms: Requiem and Schicksalslied, Dvořák: Stabat mater) to truly substantial revisions: While Bruckner’s Te Deum with brass quintet and organ suggests the power of the original version, Dvořák’s Mass in D with woodwind quintet offers a very chamber music sound. The most distant from the original is the imaginative arrangement of Verdi’s Requiem for only five musicians: horn, double bass, piano, marimba and percussion. The “blows of fate” of the bass drum, which are so characteristic of this work, must not, of course, be missing in this version either.
Both piano and choral scores can be used in all revisions, as well as combining the string parts of the original version.