Jen's Christmas Trios: Available 2015 - 2020 & beyond
For students & teachers for that holly jolly time of year.
Very flutey writing... and they flow, almost by themselves!
Christmas Music for Flute Trio. Books 1, 2 & 3 for $25 in pdf.
Flute Trios for Christmas by Jen:
And just lovely, have a listen to excerpts.
(This is a live recording taken from a student-teacher trio last Christmas).
These three volumes each create a 10 minute "set", totalling almost 30 minutes, for public performance or for holiday background music.
The three c-flute parts are equal in difficulty (novice to intermediate) and they are in concert order already. The movements are slow-fast-slow-fast, to keep the audience dancing and singing along, and there are several unusually beautiful minor carols that bewitch and cause everyone to be slightly awe-struck. Just what you want in a flute concert!
These magical trios are also sight-readable for professional concerts and quick to put together. Printed in score form, everyone can watch the other flute parts as the counter-melodies weave. Dynamics and phrasing are clearly marked. All parts are equal in quality. Solos appear in each part in turn. Practice track midi mp3s are available. (see below).
The three books contain the following Christmas Carols in concert sets.
1. The Holly & the Ivy
2. The Huron Carol
3. Sussex Carol
4. The Little Drummer Boy
5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
6. Good King Wencesles
7. O Little Town of Bethlehem
8. Coventry Carol
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
10. Pat a Pan
11. Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming
12a. Angels we have heard on High
12b. Adeste Fideles
The above Christmas Trio books are $25 for all three together sent as pdf sheetmusic.
Just send me an email to let me know what you're ordering, then send $25 using the big yellow donate button on any of my webpages, or go to paypal.com or go to my donate page. All methods work: http://www.jennifercluff.com/donate.htm.
Make the Paypal payable to jen(at)jennifercluff (dot) com
And do you need midi practice tracks?
If you and your trio need practice mp3s let me know. It's possible for flute teachers to email to your students mp3s of these carols for preparation, just add $3 (total: $28 for sheetmusic and mp3s) and I'll send you all the midi sound file of the trios in mp3. They are played by midi using Sibelius at A-440. They're great for prep beforehand for students; they can practice their parts in advance of rehearsal.
Have a listen (turn your sound up and listen at 4shared fileshare) to excerpts from Books II & III practice tracks; they are only midis, but they pre-tune your trio members and give everyone the correct rhythms before you even meet for rehearsal. Totally useful if you're short on rehearsal time! :>)
Here are some page samples of the pdf sheetmusic. You can click on each one to enlarge it, then use back button to return here.
Send me an email at jen(at)jennifercluff (dot) com with your order, pay with paypal, and then I'll send the pdf sheetmusic for your flute trio as soon as possible.
My favourite published flute trio is Christensen's arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" which will should be orderable at places like Fluteworld although I don't find it there right now.
A great duet and solo version of Carol of the Bells is in Howard Vance's Christmas Duet book which is super useful in lessons too, because it has so many duets that are "novice-intermediate". Vance also has other ethnic holiday books for flute duet with enchanting Jewsih melodies. Just great for lessons in deep Folk flute!
My favourite free online Christmas music trios are the Boismortier Flute Trios No. 1 and 5. Of the five trios, these two are the brightest and most festive for use as background music or concert material for teachers and students.
Kummer Trios and standard Nutcracker arrangements can also good for background or showpiece music for a holiday gig for a professional trio; we usually interspersed classical trios with the above well-loved Christmas Carols. (we had to play in a castle once for three hours worth of 40 minute sets. Imagine!) But all these are good for long sets at Christmas time! Enjoy!
Do comment, those with titles of other good quality flute trios and quartets that they highly recommend. I'm interested in the "good stuff" as well. :>)
Please do give the Celtic Trios a listen too when you're planning holiday trio concerts.
Trios for C-flutes, the Celtic "Flutzalad" Suites arranged by Jen are also available (which also work well for Christmas concerts; lively and fun): Here they are to listen to and to see the parts.Scarborough Fair, Mari's Wedding, Dream of Arren, Mirielle by Gounod, The Morris Dance, Road to Listovaria. All these jigs and folk tunes are great for festive performances.
Lesson over-lapping Trios:
Another use is forming trio groups from students who are overlapping their lessons by ten minutes. A teacher plus two students can play easy-to-read music or pre-prepare using mp3s of the trios. All these trios come with mp3s for pre-practicing. The individual flute parts then weave together beautifully on the first read for teachers/pro-players, but there is endless possibility to play them with even greater musicianship.
So, thanks everyone who's ordering these, and let's make MUSIC !