If you select "personalized", David will write a note specifically to you at the beginning of the book. If you would like him to write the dedication to someone other than yourself, please send an email letting us know. This is a great option if the book is a gift.
Contains the following 12 pieces:
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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This is a most attractive collection of pieces, mostly based on well-known carols. The carols are treated imaginatively, without being over-elaborate or "avant garde". As a result, they are easy on the ear, and very approachable for the listener.
For the performer, most are accessible to a pianist at intermediate level (though the "Bell Carol" is more challenging, on account of the fast tempo). They are clearly written by a pianist, as the music "fits under the fingers" very readily.
A welcome addition to the repertory of Christmas piano music. I am sure I shall make a lot of use of this collection for many years to come.
— January 10, 2017 by John C (Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)
This Christmas book had some very wonderful arrangements of some of my favorite Christmas carols. Each song has a unique sound to it, of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I especially enjoyed "The Bell Carol" since it is difficult to find a nice arrangement of "Carol of the Bells". These songs also posed a slight challenge to me as a piano player and gave me the opportunity to really dig into a piece to perform. The book is spiral-bound, which is very nice for any piano player, and the book arrived at my home very quickly. I was very impressed with the service I received when ordering my book and would not hesitate to purchase music from David Hicken again!
This is a wonderful book of Christmas Carols. It is just what I've been looking for but never able to quite find - Christmas music that maintains the actual sound of the song, very clearly, while adding variances and nuances that enhance rather than cover the melody of the carol. I simply love this book!! I recommend just getting the whole volume, as nearly every single one of them is delightful to play. The way David uses patterns really helps in the learning of them, and you find yourself almost immediately able to play and hear a beautiful piece unfolding - (and my sight reading is not perfect) which is an absolute delight. I only wish I'd found this years ago! Thank you David for this wonderful addition to our holidays, it is much treasured and I am adoring playing them.
These arrangements are exactly what I was looking for this Christmas season. They are simply gorgeous! They walk that fine line of sounding amazing without distracting from the meaning of the lyrics. They're not too hard either-just hard enough that they're fun to practice. The book seems to be well made as well. I like the spiral binding!
I was a little unsure when ordering this book since I am an late intermediate player. I was worried that it would be to difficult for me. I was so excited to get it and sit down and plunk out the songs. I was pleasantly surprised! Although I can't play them perfectly, I can play them! I love that the songs sound much more advanced than they are. Some will require more work than others but most i would say are in the intermediate range. I would not recommend this book to anyone who isn't in the early intermediate range of playing. I am definitely looking forward to playing more of David Hicken's music and I will be recommending his music to my piano playing friends!