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These 15 carols have been arranged for guitar and recorder duo and can be utilized in a couple of ways: they can be played as is or with another guitar (or piano) playing the chords. Merry Christmas!
Carols included: Coventry Carol, Deck the Hall, The First Noel, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Here We Come A-Caroling, The Holly and the Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, Jingle Bells, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Joy to the World, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, What Child is This?
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and many of his works are part of the standard concert repertoire.
Bach, Johann Sebastian
The original piece is part of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, written for his patron Prince Leopold sometime between the years 1717 and 1723. The air is usually played slowly and freely, and features an intertwining harmony and melody. The title comes from violinist August Wilhelmj's late 19th century arrangement of the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major, Wilhelmj was able to play the piece on only one string of his violin, the G string.
Handel, George Frideric
The Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often considered as three suites, composed by George Frideric Handel. It premiered in the summer of 1717 (July 17, 1717) when King George I requested a concert on the River Thames. The concert was performed by 50 musicians that joined King George I on his barge.
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.
A fully ornamented version of the Aria from The Goldberg Variations. BWV 988 are a set of 30 variations for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach. First published in 1741 as the fourth in a series Bach called Clavier-Ubung, "Keyboard Practice", the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. It is named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose ecclesiastical and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellens Gesang III, D839, Op 52 no 6, 1825), Ellen's third song in English, composed by Franz Schubert in 1825, is one of Schubert's most popular works, although some misconceptions exist regarding its provenance. Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) was an Austrian composer. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing.
Gounod, Charles, Bach, Johann Sebastian
Ave Maria is a popular and much recorded melody. It was composed by Charles Gounod (1818 - 93) in 1859 during the Romantic era, based on the harmony and texture of J. S. Bach's Prelude No.1 in C Major from Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (BWV 846). It is a setting of the standard Latin Ave Maria text.
The "Bridal Chorus" from the opera Lohengrin (1848), by German composer Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883), is the standard march played for the bride's entrance at most formal weddings in the United States and at many weddings throughout the Western world. In English-speaking countries it is generally known as "Here Comes the Bride" or "Wedding March". Its usual placement at the beginning of a wedding ceremony.
Lumbye, Hans Christian
The graceful and charming piece Britta Polka was composed 1864 for an unknown Copenhagen girl. Hans Christian Lumbye (1810 - 74) was a Danish composer and conductor and one of most important names in Danish 19th century music. He created the kind of light entertainment musical tradition which is now associated with Tivoli in Copenhagen. He was chief conductor and leader of the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra between 1843 to 1872. As a composer he was influenced by Viennese music and especially by Strauss. Lumbye composed over 600 pieces, many of them typical of their time (polkas, marches, waltzes).
Adolphe Charles Adam (1803 - 1856) was a French composer and music critic. He is best known today for his operas and ballets, and his Christmas carol Minuit, chrétiens! (O Holy Night) (1847). Adam was also a noted teacher. Léo Delibes was among his pupils.
Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916) was a Spanish pianist and composer of classical music. His music is in a uniquely Spanish style and, as such, representative of musical nationalism. Enrique Granados was also a talented painter in the style of Francisco Goya.Granados wrote piano music, chamber music (a piano quintet, a piano trio, music for violin and piano), songs, zarzuelas, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante's Divine Comedy.
Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916) was a Spanish pianist and composer. His music is uniquely Spanish and representative of musical nationalism. Enrique Granados was also a talented painter in the style of Francisco Goya. Granados wrote piano music, chamber music, songs, zarzuelas, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante's Divine Comedy. Many of his piano compositions have been transcribed for the classical guitar and are generally considered as some of the most beautiful music in the guitar repertoire.
Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
Ángel Villoldo (1861 - 1919) was an Argentine musician and one of the pioneers of tango. He was born south of the city of Buenos Aires. He was a lyricist, composer and one of the major singers of the era. He is also known by the pseudonyms A. Gregorio, Fray Pimiento, Gregorio Giménez, Angel Arroyo and Mario Reguero. "El Choclo" (Spanish: meaning "The Ear of Corn" more accurately "The Corn Cob") is a popular song written by Ángel Villoldo, allegedly written in honour of and taking its title from the nickname of the proprietor of a nightclub, who was known as El Choclo. It is probably one of the most popular tangos in Argentina.
Andante (main theme) from Piano Concerto No. 21, KV. 467 by W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791). Often called Elvira Madigan after the 1967 Swedish film by Bo Wideberg. The original key is F major.
Fernando Sor (February 14, 1778 - July 10, 1839) was a Spanish guitarist and composer, born in Barcelona. In Spain he is sometimes known as the "Beethoven of the Guitar". The guitar part is originally a study by Sor for guitar solo. The melody (ad lib.) is written by D. Fortea.
1. Der Vogelfänger (Magic Flute). 2. Theme (Clarinet Concerto). 3. Là ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni). 4. Tamino’s Aria (Magic Flute). 5. Romance (Eine kleine Nachtmusik). W. A. Mozart (1756 –1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. His output of over 600 compositions includes works widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. His output of over 600 compositions includes works widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music.
From Lieder ohne Worte op. 62 No. 30, 1844. Felix Mendelssohn (February 3, 1809 - November 4, 1847) was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.