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Songbook Review: A Classic Christmas II
Christine Brown
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A Classic Christmas II
Christine Brown
2018 / Key Image Music
49 pages / 11 songs
Review by Kathy Parsons
A Classic Christmas II is the companion sheet music book to Christine Brown’s album by the same name. All eleven pieces from the album are included, and since most of these are medleys, the song count is actually quite a bit higher. The eleven selections include one new original piece. Some of the classical composers “seamlessly” woven into the carols include Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Grieg and a few folk tunes. Always elegant and graceful, the music in this collection is very suitable for church services, teaching and recital pieces, quieter gatherings, and personal enjoyment. I wouldn’t call any of the pieces difficult, and most pianists at an upper-intermediate and early-advanced playing level should have little trouble mastering these beautiful arrangements.

The book is spiral-bound and the music is printed on a bright white paper stock that is clear and easy to read. Dynamics, pedaling suggestions, and metronome settings are all included, making it easier for the pianist to play these pieces as close to the original recordings as possible (or not!). This is a very beautiful collection of Christmas music that is elegant and very expressive. It is available from www.ChristineBrownPiano.com. Both thumbs up!

The song titles, the keys they are in and the number of pages are:

Sing We Now of Christmas (Sing We Now of Christmas & Carol of the Bells)
- Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 6 pages
Jingle Bells (Jingle Bells, Over the River and Through the Woods, Morning Mood by Grieg)
- Key of Eb (2 flats) / G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
O Come Emmanuel, Clair de Lune (Debussy)
- Key of Bb minor (5 flats)/ Eb minor (6 flats) / 4 pages
Adeste Fideles, Deck the Halls (plus Chopin’s Prelude in A - this time in C)
- Key of C (0 sharps or flats) - 5 pages
Midnight in Bethlehem (O Little Town of Bethlehem & It Came Upon a Midnight Clear)
- Key of E minor/G major (1 sharp) - 4 pages
Joy to the World (Joy To the World, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy & Frere Jacques)
- Key of G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Coming Home (original composition)
- Key of A (3 sharps) - 3 pages
Hear the Angels Sing (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing & Angels We Have Heard On High)
- Key of Bb (2 flats) - 4 pages
Holiday Medley (Good Christian Men Rejoice, Good King Wenceslas & I Saw Three Ships)
- Key of G (1 sharp) - 5 pages
Silent Night, Rockabye Baby
- Key of C - 4 pages
Auld Lang Syne (Auld Lang Syne & Amazing Grace) - Key of C - 4 pages
October 8, 2018
This songbook has been tagged as:
Holiday Songbooks
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