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A Christmas Carol

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The Christmas Choral & Vocal Music series

Recital Music has developed a large, exciting and eclectic catalogue of Christmas music for choirs in recent years. Some works are published for the first time, others are in new editions, and we aim to provide accessible and enjoyable choral music for choirs of all ages and abilities. Enjoy!

A Christmas Carol is scored for Voice (or Unison Voices), Violin, Double Bass and Piano. This is a very inventive and lively arrangement of a carol first collected by Cecil Sharp (1859-1924) from Mr Rapsey of Bridgwater (Somerset). It will work successfully with solo voice or unison voices, or a mixture of the two, and the two solo instruments add a rustic charm which ideally suits the simplicity and sincerity of the music.

The edition includes double bass parts for both orchestral and solo tunings.

A choral leaflet (without violin and double bass) is available at £2.00 from Recital Music.

This edition [RM360] should be used as the conductor's copy, which also includes the two solo parts, and choir members should use the choral leaflet.

Tony Osborne is an important educationalist and prolific composer who has made a significant and unique contribution to the double bass repertoire over the past 35 years. His solo music for young bassists is included by many international examination boards, and his many ensembles pieces are performed at workshops and concerts throughout the world. Tony Osborne notes the influences of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, alongside some of the Russian masters, on his music, which he combines with a jazzy, rhythmic and energetic style that has been popular with players and audiences worldwide.

Born in 1947 into a musical family, Tony Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with John Walton (double bass) and Richard Stoker (composition), and divides a busy career between composing, teaching and performing. A very prolific composer and arranger, Tony's original compositions include works in almost every genre, notably Chaconne Syncopations and Wainwright's Ways for brass quintet, Celebration Fanfare for brass ensemble, the musical A Fine Time for Wine, a beautiful and dramatic Requiem and many works for string orchestra.

In 2001 Tony Osborne was elected an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his pioneering and important work for double bass, and has been a featured composer at Bass-Fest for the past decade. He was a very successful BIBF Composer-in-residence in 2002-3 and wrote a number of impressive and innovative works for the project. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards over the past few years and has been a judge for the BIBF Composition Competition since 1999. Recital Music is planning a major festival of Tony Osborne's music in 2012, to celebrate the composer's 65th birthday, and has formulated a 10-year project to publish all his works for double bass.

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Cat No. RM360
Supplier Code RM360
Price £8.50
ComposerTony Osborne
TranscribedCecil Sharp
CategoriesCarols (solo Voice)
Carols (unison, 2 Or 3 Part)
Voice, Violin, Double Bass & Piano
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesChristmas Choral & Vocal Music
Difficulty level7 - 8
ISMN 979-0-57045-360-3
EAN-13 9790570453603
Weight 99 grams
Published 16th May 2012
Availability 6 in stock
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