Three German Carols

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Three German_Carols_Three German Carols

arranged for harp
by Anne Sullivan

Designed with a harpist’s busy December in mind! The carols are short (and NO lever or pedal changes!) but they can easily be played as a set if you need something longer.

These carols are ideal for students. My students are often so busy that it is hard to think of adding holiday music to their practice load. But these carols make it easy. The intermediate level gives a more accomplished student something they can learn and perform quickly, and gives the less advanced student something with just enough challenge to help them grow.

Three German Carols includes:

Kling, Glöckchen (“Ring, Little Bell”), is a favorite Christmas carol of German children. The lyrics were written in the 19th century and set to a traditional German folk tune.  I have included two versions of this carol arrangement. One has no lever or pedal changes, but the melody has been slightly altered to allow this. The other version has the correct melody but requires some pedaling or skillful levering.

Susani, Susani is also known as “Vom Himmel hoch, o Engel kommt.” It is one of the oldest, and in my opinion, loveliest German carols, dating back to the 14th century.  It has a sweet and gentle rocking rhythm like a cradle song.

In Dulci Jubilo is the familiar “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.” The words and the tune both date from the 14th century. The text is credited to Heinrich Seuse who, in a vision, danced with angels who were singing these words.

Want to hear the carols before you buy? You can see me playing each of the carols onYouTube.

Beautiful additions to any Christmas program!


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