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Willis - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Flute & Piano)

Willis - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Flute & Piano)

This beautiful melody arranged by Rebecca Faith is refreshed with nonchalant jazzy harmonies. The main melody is heard but then takes a different turn with a short interlude in an improvisatory style. The main melody is heard in three different keys descending each time, however the opposite effect occurs as the rich sound of the key change lifts the ambience of the music. All of Rebecca's Christmas Carol arrangements are fresh, exciting and uniquely crafted, and are very much for the concert platform rather than a sing-along or play-along at home with Dad playing the piano part. These beautiful arrangements require work on the part of both flautist and pianist as with a demanding accompaniment they are very much a duo. The majority are for the advanced flautist, minimum grade 6-7 standard, as there are some complicated rhythms, flutter tonguing and technically challenging jazzy-style passages. Highly recommended and well received by audiences there is nothing else available like them, and so these challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable arrangements fill a gap in the market and are an effective and welcome addition to the repertoire, providing some festive music with a rather different flavour, away from the usual standard melody with accompaniment. The collection of 10 Christmas Carols was written for the flute and piano duo Tranquillo, who recorded them as their debut album Tranquillo Christmas in 2010, a CD that has attracted some excellent reviews and can be purchased for £10 (plus P&P) from www.tranquilloduo.com

Review: "This is a beautiful, mellow arrangement of the American version of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. With rich chords and jazz harmonies in the piano part, and long melodic lines on the flute, it is ideal for creating a warm festive atmosphere." - Sarah Waycott & Hannah Mitchell of Tranquillo Duo, November 2012

Review: "The piano opens with the tune and is lightly harmonised before modulating with the flute entry. Again some effective and unexpected harmonies accompanying a fairly straight forward flute part of around grade 5 level, with some variations on the tune in the middle section giving the piece some contrast and interest. The piano part is simpler than some other of Rebecca's arrangements but still requiring some work and not just a simple 'busk' through! This would be suitable for players giving a recital around Christmas time but looking for some festive bits, either in the programme or as an encore." - Dr. Rachel Smith DMA, MA, BMus (Hons), FTCL - November 2012

Review: "Don't you just love Christmas music? It is always wonderful to hear and play, I don't think we ever get sick of it, but sometimes it is good to have new arrangements and this is what we've got here. If you are Grade 5 standard and above, I'm sure you will enjoy exploring these excellent arrangements by Rebecca Faith. Each title is a separate edition, very well presented. The arrangements are varied in style and the piano parts not too difficult. If you have a performance coming up this Christmas, one of these will go down extremely well with the audience. They aren't just the tune with the piano accompaniment, but skilful arrangements with imaginative harmonies and key changes. Highly recommended.” - Liz Goodwin on www.flutewise.com October 2013

Order Code B&D14502
Weight 0.05 kg
Media Sheet Music
Composer Richard Storrs Willis
Arranger Rebecca Faith
Instrumentation Flute & Piano
Difficulty Difficult
Series Flute Magic
Availability Shipped within 5 Days
Our price: £6.95 (US$9.24)