God Rest Ye Merry
Three Preludes for Christmas
Composer Thomas Bohlert
Church Season Christmas
Price $10.00 (U.S.) Released 5/98
Difficulty Moderately easy
Catalog no. 160-780
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"Thomas Bohlert's 'Three Preludes for Christmas' provides fresh settings of three favorite Christmas carols. The first is a quiet setting of 'What Is This Lovely Fragrance' with the melody presented in the pedal. 'Farewell of the Magi-Paraphrase on "Kings of Orient"' is a good playable settings of this tune with some wonderfully flowing elaborations on the original melody. The 'Scherzo on "God Rest Ye Merry"' is a delightful, sprightly arrangement which is tricky when played up to tempo, but it will be well worth the effort and is sure to be a favorite of your congregation." -Sacred Music News & Review, October 1998
"The pieces contained in this little collection present three contrasting moods: the lovely, flowing prelude on "What Is This Lovely Fragrance?"; a meditative setting of "We Three Kings of Orient Are"; and a clever scherzo on "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen."" -Pastoral Music, October/November 1999
This set gives you a sweet prelude on the French carol QUELLE EST CETTE ODEUR AGRÉABLE? ("What is this lovely fragrance"), a meditative setting of KINGS OF ORIENT ("We three kings of Orient are"), and a bright and lively scherzo on GOD REST YE MERRY. Sometimes witty, always colorful, these pieces will leave both you and your congregation smiling. Easy to medium difficulty.