For many people the time of preparation for Christmas is enveloped by a special family atmosphere. The streets and houses are beautifully transformed, the lights and garlands shine everywhere. Here and there, one may hear “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night”, the melodies cherished since childhood.
Musicians enter into a rush season of numerous concerts. Orchestras and choirs prepare holiday programs. Students and teachers at music schools and universities demonstrate their best music works. Popular groups and famous artists take part in the preparation of special Christmas concerts.
As for composers, they are one of those for whom the shift of time does not exist. Yes! We can tell it for sure. Throughout the entire year, composers at MusicaNeo keep creating and publishing new music dedicated to Christmas, hoping that their compositions will sound at Christmas concerts in various countries of the world.
MusicaNeo catalogue stores over 1450 Christmas compositions. It would be impossible to enumerate all of them in this article. But we hope that this little overview will trigger in the reader the craving of a treasure seeker. And the music treasures in our catalogue have become so numerous during these years!
Choral Christmas music by contemporary composers is widely represented in our catalogue. It includes David Solomons’ “Ding Dong Merrily on High” for male choir, Colin Bayliss’ “Christmas Lullaby” for SATB, Philip Martin’s “Christmas Carol” for piano and SATB, music compositions by Joan Yakkey, Santino Cara and many other modern composers.
“Julen är här” translated from Swedish means “Christmas is here”. The joy of the holiday celebrated within a circle of friends is in every note of this piece for mixed choir or vocal group. Just listen to it performed by The Real Group (directed by the author Anders Edenroth), and also have a look at the creative weekdays of the famous group.
Another Anders Edenroth’s composition “The World For Christmas” delivers a special message in defense of the beauty and ecology of our planet. There is no doubt that these and other compositions by Anders Edenroth will sound more and more often at the best concert venues of the world.
Those who prefer mixed genres would love Christmas musicals by Stephen DeCesare. A lot of his music scores, including sheet music to his musical “A Christmas Carol” after the same-named novella by Dickens, are published at MusicaNeo together with a backing track.
From olden times greatest composers dedicated their creative work to Virgin Mary. Bach, Schubert, Caccini, Gounod, Liszt, Brahms, Massenet, Mozart, Palestrina, Fauré, Franck, Demersseman, Cherubini, Bruckner, Verdi, Saint-Saëns – this is only a part of the list of those who wrote their own song for the Blessed Virgin. Over 420 music versions of “Ave Maria” by various composers available in our catalogue provide an opportunity to choose a version for any taste, instrumentation and choir. Contemporary composers – Bill Monaghan, Michael Cooney, Alexey Kurbanov, Nikolaus Pfefferkorn, Joan Yakkey, Cody Weinmann, Andrew Moore, Giedrius Kuprevičius, Hirwa Florent, Bruno Vlahek, Bernd Gehring and others – offer to look at this well-known composition from a different perspective.
A lot of Christmas compositions have been written for wind instruments. For the opening of the holiday, Annie Helman’s “Christmas Fanfare” would be a good choice. Victor Dick’s arrangement of “Oh How Joyfully, O How Blessedly” and “Joy to The World” for various instruments, including winds – flute, tuba, trombone, saxophone, clarinet and organ – would become a lovely ornament of a Christmas concert. For those who are looking for sheet music to Christmas pieces for organ solo, we recommend to visit the sites of Roman Jungegger and Paul Weckhoven.
“A Christmas Acronym” is the title of the set of original music pieces for voice and piano by Joy Slade. At the heart of each of the ten little songs there is some bright Christmas image or situation – Santa with a bag of gifts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas tree, dances, snowflakes. The customers have an opportunity to get an instrumental backing track by contacting the author. Thanks to the performing simplicity in combination with the bright imagery, these compositions would be loved by the beginning musicians. Another song cycle by Joy Slade that adds to the Christmas theme is called “Rock Nativity (2nd edition)”.
In conclusion of our review, just a few words about Christmas music for piano solo. Among this year’s novelties, we’d like to highlight the “Sounds Of Years Gone By” by Vladimir Sterzer and “The Wexford Carol” by Jeremiah Oliver. Other interesting Christmas compositions that were published earlier in the catalogue – Andrian Webster’s “This Is The Life” and Eugen Doga’s “Christmas Song” – are also available at MusicaNeo.
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