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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Flute/Piano) Sheet Music
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Flute/Piano)
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Instruments: Flute   Genres: Christmas
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Deliberately fun and slightly tongue in cheek, this arrangement by Rebecca Faith is challenging but highly enjoyable. The new composed melodies become as much loved as the original tune, seamlessly layered and intertwined. The descending bass line, punchy accents and shifting time signatures give this piece a sense of a 'swing' style. Definitely a piece that requires strong drive and attitude. All of Rebecca's Christmas Carol arrangements are fresh, exciting and uniquely crafted, and are very much for the concert platform rather than a sing-along or play-along at home with Dad playing the piano part. These beautiful arrangements require work on the part of both flautist and pianist, as with a demanding accompaniment they are very much a duo. The majority are for the advanced flautist, minimum grade 6-7 standard, as there are some complicated rhythms, flutter tonguing and technically challenging jazzy-style passages. Highly recommended and well received by audiences there is nothing else available like them, and so these challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable arrangements fill a gap in the market and are an effective and welcome addition to the repertoire, providing some festive music with a rather different flavour, away from the usual standard melody with accompaniment. The collection of 10 Christmas Carols was written for the flute and piano duo 'Tranquillo', who recorded them as their debut album 'Tranquillo Christmas' in 2010, a CD that has attracted some excellent reviews and can be purchased for £10 (plus P&P) from www.tranquilloduo.com

"This arrangement will bring a smile to everyone who hears it, and it gets the audience tapping their toes! There are technical challenges for both instrumentalists, with much octave movement in the piano part, and flutter tonguing for the flautist. A very exciting piece to perform!" - Sarah Waycott & Hannah Mitchell of Tranquillo Duo, November 2012

"The flute dominates this arrangement by taking the tune for the first two verses accompanied by a syncopated off-beat piano part in 6/8 time. This then goes into a jazz waltz-like section with the tune in the piano accompanied by an obbligato flute line mainly in the top octave with grace notes and then a whole verse of the carol using flutter-tonguing, requiring some stamina before ending with a return of the jazz waltz to finish. Some tricky piano passages, and I'd put the flute part at a good grade 7 level due to its technical requirements and rather lively tempo. This would make a good addition to a recital around Christmas time and provide something festive but with a rather different flavour!" - Rachel Smith, November 2012
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