Of the Father’s Love Begotten
Impressionism in music is a cordial favorite to play as well as compose. This heartfelt Christmas tune receives a nocturnal treatment with a continuous yet comforting ostinato in the right hand underneath the melody. Multiple meters of the original tune are reflected in this arrangement, giving height to its lyricism. The piece takes off with arpeggiating sextuplets articulating the countermelody before returning to a peaceful resolution. This will be a good but rewarding challenge to intermediate and advanced pianists.
On Primrose Paths
With a easy-going strut and syncopated rhythms in the melody, you will definitely feel the groove of this work and dance along to its tempo. Enjoy the upbeats you make in your life without knowing what life will bring next, whether it be rewarding experiences or disastrous consequences.
Once in Royal David’s City
Simple quarter-note fingerings make the steady pulse for this hymn arrangement into which the melody is incorporated. A fine addition to your repertoire selections for the Christmas holiday season.
One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas
from The Muppet Christmas Carol
From The Muppet Christmas Carol comes this instant classic that will warm the hearts of everyone who hears its melody! Starting and ending with the duet version sung by Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin (playing Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, respectively, in the movie), this arrangement then launches into sections featuring majestic and syncopated passages, throughout all with a classical feel. This will be an excellent addition to your performances at Christmastime.
Open My Eyes, That I May See
with Liebestraum No. 3
Incorporating Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3, this hymn has been revitalized and recharged into this stellar new arrangement. This will be a highlight at your next performance at your worship service or recital program.
People, Look East
This traditional French carol receives a typical setup, but quickly morphs into a mixed meter interpretation, bouncing back between time signature feelings of 6/8 and 3/4. A fanfare to open and close the work gives this work the attention it deserves for your worship service or performance.
Let your adventures begin with this musical piece, the journey of a lifetime! Beginning with an opening fanfare, the music quickly shifts to 12/8 meter with an unrelenting ostinato pattern in the bass underlying the boisterous melody. You can practically feel the waves of the ocean as you sail your fingers over the piano keys. The music continually builds and intensifies, ending with the ostinato pattern in octaves for both hands – a fitting ending for this whirlwind work! Bon voyage!
Plato’s Fire is an allegory to the haunting shadow images projected on blank rock walls that were meant to frighten chained inmates, though in reality these images were created (behind the inmates without their knowledge) by harmless objects and people passing in front of a fire. The prisoners were scared by the pictures they were told instead of learning the innocent truth that was merely behind them. The music resembles the tribal ceremony, with a heavy percussive bass imitating drums and sonorous melody, in which one instance of this performance fabrication takes place.
With an accompaniment figure reminiscent of some of today’s pop songs, this moderately laid-back arrangement will have your audience clapping along and dancing in the aisles as you play this at your worship service or special performance. You can’t help but dig into the keys with each swung note and having fun yourself!
Red River Valley
With a dreamlike quality, this arrangement of the American folk song receives a sufficient and broad soundscape that will transport your audience to the titular location. Don’t let the key scare you away – it is a rewarding experience to play this work. The range of this arrangement spans all over the piano, keeping a cool, calm demeanor throughout the performance.