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Christmas Music
Merry Christmas Book 1 - Alfred's Basic Adult All-In-One Course
These collections are full of easy solo arrangements of favorite Christmas carols for adults who are studying Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course, Books 1 and 2. Each selection will bring enjoyment and inspiration to lift holiday spirits! Bk. 1 includes 14 arrangements.

A. Jingle Bells; B. We Three Kings of Orient Are; C. Once In Royal David's City

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Merry Christmas Bk. 2-Alfred's Basic Adult
These collections are full of easy solo arrangements of favorite Christmas carols for adults who are studying Alfred's Adult All-in-One Course, Books 1 and 2. Each selection will bring enjoyment and inspiration to lift holiday spirits! "This is a lovely collection of Christmas arrangements for late elementary to early intermediate pianists. O Holy Night, which is hard to find in a simpler arrangement that sounds good, is one of my favorites, along with The Coventry Carol, which is probably simple enough to be within the reach of an elementary student. I shall go on playing these arrangements long after I've moved on from this level." -- Donna from Massachusetts, November 25, 2007

A. Silent Night; B. We Wish You a Merry Christmas; C. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

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Christmas Silhouettes (Intermediate)
The lush sounds of the season, familiar to many in Dennis Alexander's popular Magic of Christmas duet books, return in a collection of beautiful intermediate solos. Published in 1990, this collection has been an Alfred top-seller ever since. Titles include: • SAW THREE SHIPS • IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR • O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL • O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM • SILENT NIGHT • STILL, STILL, STILL • THE FIRST NOEL • UP ON THE HOUSETOP

A. Silent Night; B. Up On the Housetop; C. I Saw Three Ships

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A Christmas Fantasy (Late Intermediate-Early Advanced)
A Christmas Fantasy contains a wide range of favorite Christmas selections for late intermediate to early advanced pianists. Arranged in the "Alexander style," this collection features a multitude of attractive selections, from romantic to upbeat, each with solid pedagogical value. Listeners will especially enjoy the jazzy and unusual arrangement of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". Both teachers and students will find this the perfect book to have on the piano for the holiday season.

A. Silent Night; B. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; C. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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Five-Star Christmas Duets (Elementary-Late Elementary)
Sing along, have fun, and celebrate the season with these 10 arrangements that everyone will love to hear. The primo and secondo parts are equal in difficulty, and each player gets a chance to play the melody. For ease in reading, both primo and secondo are written on the grand staff, with directions given to move up or down to the appropriate octave. Titles include: • ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH • AWAY IN A MANGER • FIRST NOEL, THE • GOOD KING WENCESLAS • JINGLE BELLS • JOLLY OLD SAINT NICHOLAS • O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL • SILENT NIGHT • UP ON THE HOUSETOP • WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

A. Jolly Old St. Nicholas; B. Away In A Manger; C. Jingle Bells

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'Twas the Night Before (Elementary solos w/teacher accompaniments)

Duet arrangements of Christmas favorites for late-elementary piano students.  The primo parts are designed for any first-year student and are complete in themselves, while the secondo parts can be played by the teacher, parent or more advanced student.  Titles include: Away in a Manger -- Good King Wenceslas -- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day --  Joy to the World --  O Come, All Ye Faithful --  Patapan  --  The Coventry Carol  --  What Child is This?  --  Winds Through the Olive Trees  

Selections:   A.  Patapan; B. Away In A Manger; C. Joy to the World

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The Magic of Christmas, Bk. 1
Double the joy of the Christmas season with elegant, inspiring piano duets! Intermediate pianists will welcome the opportunity to perform some of the world's most beautiful carols, creatively arranged for one piano, four hands. Both parts are musically interesting and rewarding to play. Lyrics are also included. Titles: Angels We Have Heard on High * The First Noel * Hark! The Herald Angels Sing * Jingle Bells * Silent Night * Sleep, Little Jesus * We Wish You a Merry Christmas * What Child Is This?
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The Magic of Christmas, Bk. 2 (Intermediate)
Double the joy of the Christmas season with elegant, inspiring piano duets! Intermediate pianists will welcome the opportunity to perform some of the world's most beautiful carols, creatively arranged by Dennis Alexander for one piano, four hands. Both parts are musically interesting and rewarding to play. Lyrics are also included. Titles: Away in a Manger * Christmas Medley (The Holly and the Ivy with O Christmas Tree) * Deck the Halls * I Saw Three Ships * O Little Town of Bethlehem * Still, Still, Still * Up on the Housetop (cover is new)
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The Magic of Christmas, Bk. 3 (Late Intermediate)
Double the joy of the Christmas season with elegant, inspiring piano duets! Late intermediate pianists will welcome the opportunity to perform some of the world's most beautiful carols, creatively arranged by Dennis Alexander for one piano, four hands. Both parts are musically interesting and rewarding to play. Lyrics are also included. Titles: Carol of the Bells * The Coventry Carol * Gesu Bambino * Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming * O Holy Night * We Three Kings of Orient Are
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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

This is a one piano-4 hand arrangement of the same title found in Alexander's "A Christmas Fantasy". Jazzy, in 7/4 meter along with constant changing meters, this arrangement will be a sure hit on any Christmas program.

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The Christmas Angels (Intermediate Recital Suite)
Contemporary harmonies, detailed pedal and phrasing suggestions, syncopation and rubato all flourish in these fresh arrangements of favorite classics. "Angels from the Realms of Glory," "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
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O Little Town of Bethlehem (Late Int. Solo)

Set in the key of Eb, this unusual arrangement is in 3/4 meter with beautiful, rich harmonies.

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Good King Wenceslas (Late Int. Solo)

This cheerful arrangement is in D major with an ostinato LH accompaniment. Alexander weaves portions of "O Christmas Tree" and "The Little Drummer Boy", and "Angels We Have Heard On High" into the texture of this "sure to please" solo.

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The Holly and the Ivy (Late Elem. Trio)

It's hard to find Christmas arrangements for 3 at one piano! Even though all three parts are easily accessible for late elementary pianists, the combined effect is sure to be both sophisticated and rewarding! Separate parts can also be easily performed on electronic keyboards for added interest and color. And just in case you find it difficult to locate a third player, parts 1 & 2 will also work well together as a duet.

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Christmas Just for You (Advanced--Popular Performer Series)

When I was in college, I played in a private club every weekend for several years.  Each Christmas season, I wished that I had a collection of popular Christmas songs arranged in a variety of styles to share with my audiences, friends, and family.  With that wish in mind, I arranged my personal favorites for "Christmas Just for You".  I hope that you will have as much fun playing them as I had in writing the arrangements!  Included are lush, romantic harmonies in "Blue Christmas" and "Home for the Holidays."  Jazzy versions of "Santa Baby," "Let There Be Peace on Earth," and "Mistletoe and Holly" will bring a smile to your face.  Sounds from the Hawaiian islands prevail in "Mele Kalikimaka."  And, if you enjoy Jim  Brickman's song "The Gift" as much as I do, you will discover a new twist to this audience favorite!   Merry Christmas to you and yours!  May your holiday season be blessed with love, good music, and much happiness.

 Enjoy!

 

Titles include:  Blue Christmas;  Feliz Navidad;  The Gift;  (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays;  Let There Be Peace on Earth;  Mary, Did You Know?;  Mele Kalikimaka;  Mistletoe and Holly;  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree;  Santa Baby;

 

Hear Dennis Alexander perform the following selections:  A.  Blue Christmas;  B.  Mary, Did You Know?;  C.  Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

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Christmas Splendor (Intermediate-Late Intermediate)
Celebrate the joy and wonder of Christmas by playing these eight stylistic carol arrangements throughout the holiday season. Creatively arranged for intermediate to late intermediate pianists, each inspiring selection resonates with exquisite chords and flowing lines that are a pleasure to practice and easy to master. Of special note are the hauntingly beautiful Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming and In the Bleak Midwinter plus a medley of The Holly and the Ivy and O Christmas Tree.

A. O Little Town of Bethlehem; B. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; C. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

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Especially for Christmas, Bk. 1 (Early Intermediate--Intermediate)
Christmas is the season for giving. I always enjoy sharing the gift of music with friends, family, students and their parents during this special time. "Especially for Christmas, Bk. 1" includes some of the world's favorite carols and Christmas songs such as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and a jazzy, upbeat version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." Pianists of all ages will enjoy the sophisticated yet easy-to-play arrangements. I hope that you, too, will be able to share the gift of music with your friends and loved ones this holiday season through the pieces in my "Especially for Christmas" series. Book 1 pieces include: "Away in a Manger", "The First Noel", "Good King Wenceslas", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", "Santa Claus is Swingin' to Town", "Silent Night", "Up on the Housetop".

MP3 Selections: A. Up on the Housetop; B. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; C. Santa Claus is Swingin' to Town

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Especially for Christmas, Bk. 2 (Intermediate)
Christmas is the season for giving. I always enjoy sharing the gift of music with friends, family, students and their parents during this special time. "Especially for Christmas, Bk. 2" includes some of the world's favorite carols and Christmas songs such as ""Jingle Bell Rock", "Who Comes This Night", and "Winter Wonderland". Pianists of all ages will enjoy the sophisticated yet easy-to-play arrangements. I hope that you, too, will be able to share the gift of music with your friends and loved ones this holiday season through the pieces in my "Especially for Christmas" series. Book 2 pieces include: "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella", "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", "Jingle Bell Rock", "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Who Comes This Night/It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" medley, and "Winter Wonderland".

MP3 Selections: A. Jingle Bell Rock; B. O Little Town of Bethlehem; C. Winter Wonderland

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Especially for Christmas, Bk. 3 (Intermediate -- Late Intermediate)
Christmas is the season for giving. I always enjoy sharing the gift of music with friends, family, students and their parents during this special time. "Especially for Christmas, Bk. 3" includes some of the world's favorite carols and Christmas songs such as "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and a boogie version of "Jingle Bells". Pianists of all ages will enjoy the sophisticated yet pianistic arrangements. I hope that you, too, will be able to share the gift of music with your friends and loved ones this holiday season through the pieces in my "Especially for Christmas" series. Book 3 pieces include: "The Coventry Carol", "The First Noel", "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Jingle Bell Boogie", "Joy to the World/Angels We Have Heard on High", and "O Come, All Ye Faithful".

MP3 Selections: A. I'll Be Home for Christmas; B. The Coventry Carol; C. Jingle Bell Boogie

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Especially Popular Christmas, Bk. 1
The Especially Popular Christmas series contains arrangements of some of the most popular secular Christmas pieces of all times. Pianists of all ages will enjoy these musically satisfying arrangements that are sophisticated yet accessible. Titles: Christmas Waltz * Frosty the Snowman * The Holly and the Ivy * (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays * Jingle Bells * Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! * Nuttin’ for Christmas * There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas.

MP3 Selections: A. Frosty the Snowman; B.(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays; C. Jingle Bells

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Especially Popular Christmas, Bk. 2
The Especially Popular Christmas series contains arrangements of some of the most popular secular Christmas pieces of all times. Pianists of all ages will enjoy these musically satisfying arrangements that are sophisticated yet accessible. Titles: Blue Christmas * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas * I’ll Be Home for Christmas * Mele Kalikimaka * Santa Baby * Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town * Sleigh Ride * Up On the Housetop.

MP3 Selections: A. Up on the Housetop; B. I'll Be Home for christmas; C. Blue Christmas

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Especially Popular Christmas, Bk.3
The Especially Popular Christmas series contains arrangements of some of the most popular secular Christmas pieces of all times. Pianists of all ages will enjoy these musically satisfying arrangements that are sophisticated yet accessible. Titles: Believe * Blue Christmas * The Gift * Home for the Holidays * Mistletoe and Holly * O Holy Night * Winter Wonderland.

MP3 Selections: A. The Gift; B. Believe; C. Blue Christmas; 4. O Holy Night

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