Richard Storrs Willis: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Flute/Piano)

Books | Flute, Piano Accompaniment

Publisher: Broadbent and Dunn
Composer: Richard S. Willis
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

This beautiful melody arranged by Rebecca Faith is refreshed with nonchalant jazzy harmonies. The main melody is heard but then takes a different turn with a short interlude in an improvisatory style. The main melody is heard in three different keys descending each time, however the opposite effect occurs as the rich sound of the key change lifts the ambience of the music. 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

"This is a beautiful, mellow arrangement of the American version of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. With rich chords and jazz harmonies in the piano part, and long melodic lines on the flute, it is ideal for creating a warm festive atmosphere." - Sarah Waycott & Hannah Mitchell of Tranquillo Duo, November 2012

"The piano opens with the tune and is lightly harmonised before modulating with the flute entry. Again some effective and unexpected harmonies accompanying a fairly straight forward flute part of around grade 5 level, with some variations on the tune in the middle section giving the piece some contrast and interest. The piano part is simpler than some other of Rebecca's arrangements but still requiring some work and not just a simple 'busk' through! This would be suitable for players giving a recital around Christmas time but looking for some festive bits, either in the programme or as an encore." - Rachel Smith, November 2012

Skill Level: Advanced Explain this
Published on: 27 November 2012
Language: English
Catalogue No: BRO14502

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