Born Is a Baby (piano, violin, cello) (Christmas)

Composer
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
6 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Trio
Instrumental parts

This medley of Christmas songs was chosen in an effort to emphasize the reason the God of creation came to dwell with fallen mankind: to be our Emmanuel, to restore the fellowship that was lost between God and man since Adam's fall. "Away in a Manger (non-traditional tune)," "One Small Child," and "Emmanuel" are the songs included in this arrangement.

The violin carries the melody largely throughout the piece, although the piano does take over occasionally. The piece should start out softly (imagine a starlit night in Bethlehem thousands of years ago when the Christ-child lay in a feeding trough), then proceed to more joyous chords with "Emmanuel." There is a tendency to play this part too fast; don't fall into that number! "One Small Child" provides a mysterious, faster-moving segue into the finale of "Emmanuel," which should be played strongly and joyously up to the final resolution.

I hope you find this piece enjoyable and satisfying, but most of all, I pray it draws you closer to the True Meaning of Christmas!

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