Echoing the success of the first "Mark Hayes for the Intermediate Pianist," a collection of hymn settings, is this new collection of Christmas carols just in time for the Advent and Christmas season. Hayes has written creative, fresh settings of familiar carols that sound hard but are easily played by intermediate and advanced players alike. Special attention is given to smaller-handed pianists…no excessive use of octaves, no large leaps or chords, and thinner but satisfying harmonic textures. However, the trademark Hayes harmonies, modulations and embellishments are still there. Each arrangement is three minutes or shorter, making them perfect for use in services where timing is a consideration.
Difficulty: Level 2 - Intermediate to moderate difficulty with a variety of musical styles; expanded range and more rhythmically demanding
Song titles: Behold That Star; Come Thou Long Expected Jesus; I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day; I Wonder As I Wander; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming; Mary Had a Baby; O Holy Night; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Rise Up Shepherd and Follow; Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne; Watchman Tell Us of the Night; While By My Sheep