Arrangements of Christmas Music
for various choral ensembles and instruments (1980)
by Ron Hannah

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       1. The Birds, for children's voices, recorder, and harp (or piano) -
Performances -
       2. March of the 3 Kings, for TTB a cappella - Performances - Text and MP3 -
       3. Les Anges dans nos Campagnes, for TTBB (or SATB) a cappella - Performances - Text and MP3 -
          (Also English version: Angels We Have Heard on High)
         4. Irish Carol, for Soprano & Tenor soli, recorder, harp (or piano), SATB - Performances - Text and MP3 -
         5. Irish Carol, for SSAATTBB a cappella (with optional recorder obbligato) - Performances - Text and MP3 -
       


    These arrangements were done for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television program called "Christmas on the Prairies". It was filmed at Fort Edmonton,with members of Da Camera Singers dressed in 19th century garb (I was a coureur de bois). All of my arrangements were not used, however, and I was disappointed that the stirring March of the 3 Kings did not appear, even though the equally lusty Les Anges dans nos Campagnes did. Later I re-did Les Anges in English, as "Angels We Have Heard on High", and it works equally well with men's voices and with mixed choir. I became quite enchanted with the Irish Carol, so much so that I later rewrote it for fuller forces, and in that form it has also been performed by Edmonton's Greenwood Singers. Click on the titles above to hear MP3s.

    These carols require strong voices and are well suited to a good amateur choir. The Birds however, a charming Czech carol, is a very simple unison setting and has been done by a children's group. If you wish to view the scores please visit the Canadian Music Centre, or send me an email by clicking below (free of charge by the way, requiring only that you inform me of any performances so that I can keep this website up-to-date).


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