1. The Bell Carol
2. In The Bleak Midwinter
3. What Child Is This? / We Three Kings
4. Adeste Fideles
5. The Holly And The Ivy
6. Christmas In Tettenhall
7. Once In Royal David's City
8. Silent Night
9. The First Nowell
10. O Christmas Tree
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
12. Away In A Manger
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The Carols of Christmas songbook is the companion sheet music book to David Hicken’s incredible 2013 recording by the same name. All twelve pieces from the CD are included, transcribed by Hicken himself (and proofed/edited by me) exactly the way he played them on the recording. This is a fantastic collection for the more advanced pianist, but is not so challenging as to feel impossible. Hicken’s arrangement of “The Bell Carol” (“Carol of the Bells”) is the best I’ve ever heard, and that one will take some work because of the speed, but what a blast to play! I actually played the sheet music draft before hearing the recording, and about halfway through the piece just stopped and said “Wow!!!” This one gets the adrenaline flowing bigtime! “Adeste Fideles/ O Come All Ye Faithful” is the other piece that requires some pretty serious chops, but it’s a great arrangement and huge fun to play - all of the songs are! “The Holly and the Ivy” is probably the easiest of the twelve pieces, followed by “Away In a Manger” and “The First Nowell.”
The book itself is printed in the 12”x16” format on bright white paper. The pages are stapled and stay open on the piano very well. The notation is crisp, easy to read and roomy with expression clearly marked. Most of the timing is very straight-forward and there are very few reaches of more than an octave. This book is truly a joy to play, and I give it my highest recommendation (along with the CD!). It is available from davidhicken.com and Amazon.
The song titles, what keys they are in, and the number of pages are:
The Bell Carol - key of E minor (1 sharp)/ B minor (2 sharps)/ A minor (0 sharps or flats) - 7 pages
In the Bleak Midwinter - key of F (1 flat)/ G (1 sharp) - 3 pages
What Child Is This? - We Three Kings - key of E minor/ A minor - 5 pages
Adeste Fideles / O Come All Ye Faithful - Key of G/ Ab (4 flats) - 5 pages
The Holly and the Ivy - key of G/Ab - 4 pages
Christmas In Tettenhall - key of E (4 sharps)/ F# (6 sharps) - 5 pages
Once in Royal David’s City - key of F/Gb (6 flats)/G - 4 pages
Silent Night - key of Bb (2 flats)/B (5 sharps) - 4 pages
The First Nowell - key of D (2 sharps)/E/G/A (3 sharps) - 4 pages
O Christmas Tree - key of G/ Ab - 4 pages
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - key of F/G - 5 pages
Away In a Manger - key of F/G - 3 pages
This is a fantastic book of Christmas pieces. I love classical, and yet often the music for the season gets too heavy and difficult to learn, or too light and simplistic for my taste. This is the PERFECT balance of utter beauty and complete accessibility for the pianist. It is easy sight reading (I guess I am an advanced player but I think even for intermediate pianists this is done in a very approachable way), and yet the sounds are immediately appealing. The original "Christmas in Tettenhall" is sublime. Also, I ordered one day and rec'd the book just two days later (fantastic service!) and on top of that, the actual music book is spiral bound which makes it the very BEST for ease of turning pages and laying out flat. David thought of everything!! This is a must-have book of music.
Every year I look for new Christmas arrangements for piano. I ordered this book and have really enjoyed playing them and will continue to do so as the Christmas season approaches. I especially liked the original "Christmas In Tettenahll". It is a beautiful melody!
— October 19, 2016 by Denna Borup (Evans, Georgia)
It is the video of "The Bell Carol" that made me discover David's site. And I fell under the charm. This collection is full of very attractive arrangements on Christmas carols.
I learn several (3 or 4) from now on to be able to play them at the end of this year. What a pleasure!
I also commanded, at the same time, "The Art of piano" and "Goddess".
Excuse my English helped by computer!
— October 16, 2016 by Dominique Torres (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (France))