CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT, A

Composed by Traditional & Folk Songs

Arranged by William Himes

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A Christmas Portrait is a medley centered around three nativity scene carols, and is cleverly intertwined with bits of other familiar carols. The first carol, "O Come, Little Children," is a favorite by the German composer J.A.P. Schulz (1747-1800), who is best remembered for setting the verses of poems to simple, folk-like music.

 

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 A contemplative mood is set by the next carol, "The Sleep of the Child Jesus," a less familiar old French noel.  Finally, the strains of the 16th century Polish Carol, "He is Sleeping in a Manager" led to the Grandioso selection of the piece.  This arrangement ends softly and peacefully appropriate to the setting of the nativity scene.