A year ago, we asked several of the top composers of sacred music today to choose two of their favorite hymns and create fresh settings to be included in a new collection, Hymns We Love (Product #529086). The response was phenomenal. As a logical continuation of the series, this year we asked for new settings of two of their favorite carols. As before, we also requested that the composers tell us why they picked their two carols and perhaps why they chose to set them in a particular style. Here, then, is the formidable result: Carols We Love, now ready to be an integral part of your Christmas repertoire for worship services or simply for personal enjoyment.
Difficulty: Level 2 - Intermediate to moderate difficulty with a variety of musical styles; expanded range and more rhythmically demanding
Song titles: God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (by Mark Hayes); Carol of the Bells ( by Mark Hayes); Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming (by Lloyd Larson); He Is Born the Divine Christ Child (by Lloyd Larson); Away in a Manger (by Mary McDonald); Angels We Have Heard on High (by Mary McDonald); Silent Night (by Ruth Elaine Schram); Angels From the Realms of Glory (by Ruth Elaine Schram); Sing We Now of Christmas (by Larry Shackley); The Friendly Beasts (by Larry Shackley); O Little Town of Bethlehem (by Pepper Choplin); There's a Song in the Air (by Pepper Choplin)