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A Renaissance Christmas

By E. James Kalal

Guitar (classical) - Intermediate
Composed by E. James Kalal. Early Music / Renaissance, Saddle-stitched, Style, Holiday: Christmas, Solos. Christmas. Book/CD set. 32 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #99763BCD. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99763BCD).

Item Number: MB.99763BCD

ISBN 9780786629619. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

The music selected for this book seems to lift you gently back to by-gone days to an era more leisurely paced than our own. This collection for solo classic guitar focuses first and foremost on early Christmas music and is enhanced by appropriate cover art, biblical text and poetry dating from this exciting period. The selections are festive to listen to while providing arrangements ranging from the traditional "easier to learn" lute solos to more advanced settings with today's harmonies. Each piece is cloaked in the special beauty and warmth that is characteristic of the guitar. A "mix and match" approach in the arrangements provides an added dimension for your enjoyment. For example, What Child is This/Greensleeves begins with an olden lute version followed by interludes that segue into other sections. Seven of the eight pieces in the book are recorded on the accompanying CD for your listening pleasure and to guide you in interpreting the pieces. Written in standard notation only.

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  • 3

    Donn LeVie
    Austin, Texas
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  • October 06, 2006 Great CD but printed scores not accurate

    Great music on the CD, but in some examples, a lot of the music is either missing or not accurate. Depending on your skill level, you'll have to create your own or modify the transcriptions--but then it's your arrangement!

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