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Traditional - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Flute & Piano)

Traditional - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Flute & Piano)

Deliberately fun and slightly tongue in cheek, this arrangement by Rebecca Faith is challenging but highly enjoyable. The new composed melodies become as much loved as the original tune, seamlessly layered and intertwined. The descending bass line, punchy accents and shifting time signatures give this piece a sense of a 'swing' style. Definitely a piece that requires strong drive and attitude. 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 arrangement will bring a smile to everyone who hears it, and it gets the audience tapping their toes! There are technical challenges for both instrumentalists, with much octave movement in the piano part, and flutter tonguing for the flautist. A very exciting piece to perform!" - Sarah Waycott & Hannah Mitchell of Tranquillo Duo, November 2012

Review: "The flute dominates this arrangement by taking the tune for the first two verses accompanied by a syncopated off-beat piano part in 6/8 time. This then goes into a jazz waltz-like section with the tune in the piano accompanied by an obbligato flute line mainly in the top octave with grace notes and then a whole verse of the carol using flutter-tonguing, requiring some stamina before ending with a return of the jazz waltz to finish. Some tricky piano passages, and I'd put the flute part at a good grade 7 level due to its technical requirements and rather lively tempo. This would make a good addition to a recital around Christmas time and provide something festive but with a rather different flavour!" - Rachel Smith, 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&D14508
Weight 0.06 kg
Media Sheet Music
Composer Traditional
Arranger Rebecca Faith
Instrumentation Flute & Piano
Difficulty Difficult
Series Flute Magic
Availability Shipped within 5 Days
Our price: £6.95 (US$9.24)