COMPOSER: EDITH NESBIT BLAND | arranged as canon for four instruments | parts & score
FILE FORMAT: PDF | 300 dpi
SCORES: four single parts, one full score | 12 pages
SCORDATURA: two low voices only in GDAE | two high voices in three versions: GDAE, AEBF# and cGDA
COMMENTS: This edition of the famous Christmas song includes my adaption for four voices in musical form of a perfect canon. I have heard such a recording in the radio many years ago. It was an impressive interpretation, (a capella, as canon in four voices), but I never figured out which artists have sang the song and could never find such sheet music either. So I did it now myself and published it for 4 singers a capella (with optional background chord), or as an instrumental version for 4 cellos, or for 4 double basses. This version for four double basses will be hard on players who will play in GDAE tuning two high voices: C² will be probably around the top end of the fingerboard. It should be easier to play the high two voices with high C tuning, or even let 2 cellos play them. In terms of the composition, the strongest effect would be achieved if additionnal 3-5 players (could be violas, cellos or basses) would all the time keep playing a chord G-D-G in the background (doodlesack-like effect). The score includes also notation of the chord.
This is how a capella version of the song sounds like (with the background chord sang a capella):
This is how this edition sounds as an instrumental version for four double basses:
Please feel free to use my own recording of the G-D-G background chord in five voices (with double basses):
Free version of this score (without lyrics, slurs, dynamics and without single parts) can be downloaded in the free downloads section, at the bottom of the previous page. Please consider instead to purchase here for the price of a coffee the PDF version with all parts, support my projects and value invested time and energy.
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