SM002: Carols of Christmas

Carols of Christmas by Cynthia Cathcart

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Arranged for the Clarsach

This collection of thirty Christmas Carols newly arranged for the wire-strung harp help to bring a little more Joy to the Season.

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Carols of Christmas
Arranged for the Clarsach

This book of thirty Christmas carols comprises new arrangements from Cynthia Cathcart which span the range from beginner to advanced, utilizing several different arranging styles.

No levers are necessary to perform the arrangements in this book. Only very minor re-tuning on some selections is necessary: on an instrument normally tuned with only F strings sharp, no more than one string will need to be re-tuned for each consecutive arrangement. A special index offers guidance to the carols that fit on the small clarsach with a range extending to the G below middle C.

Historical and performance notes are given for many of the arrangements. The introduction includes an essay on the history of the Christmas carol, illustrations of the notation used in the book for damping and ringing, and a description of a special fingering technique published here for the first time.


Carols of Christmas
Arranged for the Clarsach


Tuning and Notation Guide
Two Advanced Techniques Described
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O, Little Town of Bethlehem
Da Day Dawis
On Christmas Night
The Changes
Baloo, Lammy
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
What Child Is This?
Venite Adoremus
The Sleep of the Infant Jesus
Love Came Down at Christmas
The Holly and the Ivy
Silent Night
O Holy Night - large harp
O Holy Night - small harp

Joy to the World
I Saw Three Ships
Away in a Manger - W. J. Kirkpatrick
Away in a Manger - J. R. Murray
Infant Holy
Angels We Have Heard on High
There's a Song in the Air
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Bring a Torch Jeannette, Isabella
Glad Christmas Bells
Ding Dong Merrily on High
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
The Friendly Beasts
Lully Lullay
Good People All
Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day

Some of the tunes in this book are on the CD Joy to the World - most are in the same arrangements.

Score Information

Title: Carols of Christmas
Composer/Arranger: Cynthia Cathcart
Instrumentation: Wire Strung / Lever Harp
Level: Late Beginner to Advanced
Format: Wire bound
Size: USA Letter
Total Pages in covers: 74
ISMN 979-0-57046-122-6
Our Ref: SM002
Publisher: Highland Circle Publishing, USA
EU Printer & Distributor: Creighton's Collection
Edition/Year: European Edition 2014
Origin: UK

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