John Francis Wade: O Come All Ye Faithful (Flute/Piano)

Books | Flute, Piano Accompaniment

Publisher: Broadbent and Dunn
Composer: John Francis Wade
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

The alternative harmonies in this arrangement by Rebecca Faith make it a highly emotive interpretation. The piano takes control of the main melody, with the flute adding beautiful harmony and decorative features. The phrases 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'Joyful and Triumphant' are explored in shifting keys and harmonies adding a unique richness. However, the melody is still strongly present leaving the listener satisfied that they have heard the much loved tune. 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 one of my personal favourites out of Rebecca's Christmas arrangements as it breathes new life into this well known carol. One of the things I love about Rebecca's music is that it is so full of passion and emotion, and this piece is another example of that. A great arrangement for every flute and piano duo." - Sarah Waycott & Hannah Mitchell of Tranquillo Duo, November 2012

"This ever-popular carol is a great one to include an arrangement of, even though it may encourage the audience to sing-along! It opens with the tune in the piano part with a lilting but lyrical broken-chord pattern in the left hand, and continues with the tune throughout. The flute joins for the second verse but is always in thirds with the piano and never has the core tune for more than the odd phrase. This may be seen as a shame that it doesn’t even dominate in one verse, but instead it takes on more of an obbligato role accompanying the tune, and using all three octaves of the flute. Although the piano part is one of the more straight-forward and easier of the carol arrangements by Rebecca Faith, it is nevertheless important to carry the tune throughout and would require some practice on the part of the pianist in the more rich chordal sections. Probably around grade 4-5 standard for flute players and suitable for the concert platform, perhaps for a confident student to play in school concert or carol service." - Rachel Smith, November 2012

Skill Level: Advanced Explain this
Published on: 27 November 2012
Language: English
Catalogue No: BRO14507

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