Ding Dong Merrily On High – Sheet MusicView Paul Ayres's Full Store
This setting is one of many from Paul Ayres’s collection of straightforward, strophic, three-part a cappella Christmas arrangements, specifically designed for carolling & busking. Paul writes: “over the years, working with choirs and vocal groups of many shapes and sizes, I found there was a need for decent arrangements of carols that could be prepared quickly for Christmas carolling requests, which often come in at the last minute! Hence this ever-expanding set of arrangements (every November I add one or two more to the collection). The songs have been arranged with several principles in mind. Firstly, they are strictly in three parts, soprano-alto-baritone, with no divisi or solo lines. This makes them suitable for the many choirs that have more S&A than T&B, and also means that the music can be performed by a vocal trio. Secondly, they are all strophic – that’s to say, the same harmonies for each verse – so they don’t take too long to learn, and can be sung with as many or as few verses are needed. Thirdly, the musical settings aren’t, I hope, too fussy and “over-arranged” – they can be easily learned by singers of all abilities, and are pretty much sightreadable by experienced musicians. Fourthly, and importantly – just because it’s three-part texture, this doesn’t mean that the voice-leading and harmonies need to be boring. In fact, the musical sonorities of SABar voicing can actually be more interesting and refreshing than the rather leaden & lumpy SATB “hymn-book” versions of carols that can sometimes be heard. I hope you’ll enjoy them!”
Easy to learn, short, amusing, interesting and a little challenging for all groups. Perfect for caroling around the neighbourhood with smaller groups. Very nice and loveable arrangement! Highly recommended!
Good arrangement, lively, simple and easily learned by intermediate community choir.
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