Coventry Carol - Easy Guitar Solo

By: anon.
For: Solo instrument (Acoustic Guitar [notation])
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Easy (Grades 1-3)
1 minute
Folk music
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This is an easy arrangement suitable for a grade 1/2 guitar pupil. There are minimal stretches and playing is mostly 2 part with lots of open strings for resonance. It is in a large font, so I have uploaded separate parts for music and TAB.The teacher could cover the TAB to test reading ability if appropriate. I only included it because it felt like a nice thing to do for Christmas ;-)

The "Coventry Carol" dates from the 16th Century. It was performed in Coventry as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from the Gospel of Matthew. In which Herod orders all male infants in Bethlehem killed. The lyrics of this haunting carol represent a mother’s lament for her doomed child. It is notable as a well-known example of a Tierce de Picardie. The author is unknown; the oldest known text was written down by Robert Croo in 1534, and the oldest known printing of the melody dates from 1591.

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