The Night the Angels Sang (Christmas: piano & 2 violins)

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
5 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts

This is a simple piece comprised of two familiar Christmas carols: "Angels from the Realms of Glory," and "Angels We Have Heard on High." It is scored for piano and 2 violins.

You will find the music upbeat and rhythmic, at times sacrificing harmony for underlying thematic movement. The violins tag-team the first song, "echoing back their joyous strains." The middle "Gloria!" is a bit tricky; don't be caught off-guard (or off-beat!) by the moving parts. Violin 2 will have the most difficult time of it here.

The tempo should slow down considerably as the piece moves into "Angels from the Realms of Glory," but don't let this dissolve into a funeral dirge! Reserve enough pace so that the piece remains alive and the transition back into "Angels We Have Heard on High" isn't as dramatic (or traumatic for the listeners!).

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