Composer Thomas Bohlert
Church Season Christmas
Difficulty Moderately easy
Catalog no. 160-780
Price $10 (U.S.)
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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.
"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