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Christmas: Sight-readable carol collections

Request for collections for caroling that were fresh and sight readable.

Thanks all.

Bob Eaton eatonrp(a)

Have a look at the Carols at our Web site.
Keith Hudson, General Editor, Handlo Music,

Check out The Christmas Carolers' Book in Song and Story, by Torstein O.

Kvamme, published by Schmitt Music Centers, Publications Division, 110
North Fifth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

what about the Oxford Books of Carols?

Augsburg published a collection of American carols that is user

*The Carolers' Handbook* (CPP/Belwin/Warner) has a few new arrangements
old favorites, but is primarily pops/secular tunes, and all a cappella.
I use
it all the time for caroling gigs.

Have you tried the Fissinger arrangements?

Check out "A Stephen Paulus Christmas" all choral arrangements of
carols--some with instruments, some a capella. Most are quickly learned

but have enough creative elements to be interesting to musicians.
Published by European American, product number EA 777. The book has 9
pieces and sells for about $7.

For a different approach, get "The Caroler's Handbook" arranged by Mark
Hanson. These are mostly pop/jazz arrangements, all a a capella. Also
contains amny traditional sacred pieces.
18 different titles, all relatively simple. Published by CPP/Belwin
product no. EL 03636

Also consider "Madrigals for Christmas" edited by K. Lee Scott.
by Carl Fischer, product no. 05155. 6 pieces with optional

Christmas in Song. there are 50+ carols in the book

John BairdÂ’s Westminster Carol Book- Theodroe Presser

I (Linda Spevacek) have several that may be of interest. They are:
I. International Carols Set I (Masters in this Hall, Ballou Lammy, Let
Carols Ring)...opt. bells.. SATB Heritage Music Press.......
2. International Carols-Set II(March of the Three Kings, Dormi,
Italian-..Personent Hodie) SATB Heritage Music Press...... Canticle of
Carols (Good Christian Men Rejoice, O Come, Little Children,
Holy, O Come All Ye Faithful)..Opt. organ/brass/sextet/handbells/flute
Hal Leonard......
3. Here We Come A-Caroling. Bk I, 2, 3 (3 Caroling Books with unique a

cappella arrangements..3 part mixed voicing but great with unison
men...effective.) 3 pt. Mx. Hal Leonard
4. Carol Singers, Carol! (2 minute piece with original melody later
with snippits of Joy To the World, The First Noel, O Tannenbaum, The
and the Ivy, Here we come a caroling,, Up On the Housetop, Jingle Bells
mixed in) New..SATB Heritage Music Press.
5. Hushing Carols (Hush By Babe, The Hushing Carol, Silent Night, It
Upon A Midnight Clear, The First Noel, Away In A Manager, O Little Town
Bethlehem) SATB-Hal Leonard

"The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that

sing the best." Henry David Thoreau

Dr. Robert P. Eaton...............eatonrp(a)

Assabet Valley Mastersingers

Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA 01532

Trinity Church, Northborough, MA 01532