11 Famous Carols for two Instruments, Descant and Treble Version

Composer
trad.
Arranger
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
7 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Duet (Soprano Recorder)
Instrumental parts
Not available

These are two part arrangements of 11 famous carols originally for treble and tenor recorders. The carols are Deck the Hall, God Rest You Merry, Good King Wenceslas, It Came Upon the Midnioght Clear, Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful, See Amid the Winter's Snow, The Holly and the Ivy, While Shepherds Watched, Unto Us a Boy is Born and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

They originally used a tenor recorder for the 2nd part to give a nice deep sonority but it was immediately realized that many primary schools do not have tenor recorders, so this version for descant and treble was made.

The words have not been added as it is likely schools will already have them in the many collected editions of carols and recorder players will have sung the carols and so will know how to phrase them. The harmony is mostly compatible with familiar versions but an emphasis has been made on creating effective two part writing.

The edition, though concieved with recorder ranges in mind, can obviously be played on two other instruments provided you allow for the 2nd part being down the octave, (or the 1st part up the octave as for recorders).

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