A lively interpretation by Rebecca Faith, the 'Joy to the World' melody is heard layered with original melodies and motifs. An interesting rhythmic idea binds the piece together making it sparkle and dance, with the underlying semiquaver movement creating an exciting shimmer effect. The constant shifting of key, texture and melodic ideas makes this an arrangement that will keep both the performer and listener on their toes. All of Rebecca's Christmas Carol arrangements are fresh, exciting and uniquely crafted, and are very much for the concert platform rather than a sing-along or play-along at home with Dad playing the piano part. These beautiful arrangements require work on the part of both flautist and pianist, as with a demanding accompaniment they are very much a duo. The majority are for the advanced flautist, minimum grade 6-7 standard, as there are some complicated rhythms, flutter tonguing and technically challenging jazzy-style passages. Highly recommended and well received by audiences there is nothing else available like them, and so these challenging yet thoroughly enjoyable arrangements fill a gap in the market and are an effective and welcome addition to the repertoire, providing some festive music with a rather different flavour, away from the usual standard melody with accompaniment. The collection of 10 Christmas Carols was written for the flute and piano duo 'Tranquillo', who recorded them as their debut album 'Tranquillo Christmas' in 2010, a CD that has attracted some excellent reviews and can be purchased for £10 (plus P&P) from www.tranquilloduo.com
"Joy to the World is a great opener for any Christmas concert and this lively, sparkling arrangement has always been well received by audiences. With technical challenges in both the flute and piano parts this arrangement will show off the players skill and is an exciting, virtuosic piece for the advanced flute and piano duo." - Sarah Waycott & Hannah Mitchell of Tranquillo Duo, November 2012
"This begins with the basic tune in the lower flute register, before varying it by taking it up the octave, then using imitation between the flute and piano parts, a number of modulations, and the flute taking over with an obbligato part accompanying the tune in the piano part. The original tune deviates somewhat and the inclusion of some complex rhythms and harmonies give it an interesting flavour, however at times the flute is quite low and may struggle to be heard when the piano has a rich chordal section in octaves. The piece would suit a concert platform, fitting into a December flute and piano recital, providing a festive flavour, however it would require some getting together with the pianist as the piano part is by no means easy." - Rachel Smith, November 2012.