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Don’t you love this season of the year? Christmas at our house starts on Thanksgiving weekend, when we decorate our tree, and start to get more serious about Christmas shopping and planning. Just this morning as I was starting to cook, I listened to He Is Born (Wilds), the beautiful recording for harp and orchestra by my good friend Brigette Shevy.
I want to make you aware of some piano resources for your church playing this Christmas. If you are an advanced pianist, be sure to try my collection entitled How Great Our Joy (Soundforth). The arrangements at the beginning of the book are not as difficult as those at the end. Even though there are a few arpeggios early on, there are some directions to help you simplify these, if arpeggios are not “your thing.”
For the intermediate pianist, try He Is Born, a solo arrangement book from Soundforth for those offertories that need to be put together in a hurry (or for the budding pianist who needs to work on them a while!)
A few collections that have been out longer include:
Joyful Celebrations (Soundforth)- For various seasons of the year, this book includes three Christmas pieces. These can be used as stand-alone solos, or can be done as piano/synthesizer duos. Many people have adapted these for piano/organ, or piano/piano.
I Will Follow (Wilds)-Although this intermediate collection has been out for a while, people are still enjoying Christmas Joy and What Child Is This.
Matchless Grace (Wilds, co-arranged with Brigette Shevy)- Another intermediate-to-late intermediate collection, with three Christmas pieces included…be sure to enjoy Carol of the Bells for 1 piano/4 hands!
I already can’t wait until next year, when there will be more Christmas music options from fayelopez.com, such as the selections included in the Hamlin/Lopez piano/organ collection, and the trumpet solo of O Holy Night co-arranged with my son, Mark. Be sure to watch the website for more information as these come out in the next few months.
As we remember Christ’s birth, may the music of Christmas fill our hearts with joy!
And His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace! (Isaiah 9:6)