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Angels in the Bleak Midwinter By: Larry Clark
Angels in the Bleak Midwinter by Larry Clark


 
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Every year I struggle with finding new and creative ways to arrange music for holiday concerts. It is always fun to try and find a new way to musically link two tunes together in an interesting way. Well, this arrangement is the result. It combines the famous Gustav Holst chorale In the Bleak Midwinter with the popular Christmas carol Angels We Have Heard on High. The arrangement begins with a single solo violin playing the Holst tune (without accompaniment) to set the mood. This then expands as the full tune is revealed and leads to a full orchestra setting of the Christmas carol. Harmonies here are different from the normal harmonic progressions of the carol, but more closely related to the harmonies found in the Holst work. After some interplay between the tunes and sections of the orchstra, the "Gloria" section of the carol is presented with full scoring. The Holst tune returns now orchestrated with rich lush lower string sounds followed by a big build, some additional interplay of the tunes, and the

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