Arr by Cathy Moklebust . . . Christmas Folk Tune . . .
Based on a French carol and hymntune, Picardy, this haunting arrangement uses quiet percussion (triangle, finger cymbal, chime tree/wind chimes) throughout, making the music ethereal and light. The dynamics never arise above mezzo but once, and the feel of the music is hushed and dark and anticipatory, with lots of held chords and lots of moving 8th notes to make the music flow.
The tune is played through three full times, slightly varied in rhythm and accompaniment each time. The music ends carefully, quietly and in almost free rhythm with chords and subdued percussion.
There is a 2-octave, 15 measure handchime section that offers the melody. The percussion parts are very simple and basic.
Perfect for Christmas Eve, but also appropriate for Communion, Maundy Thursday, and the Annunciation.
© 2012 Concordia Publishing House
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