Yuletide Treasures features eleven holiday favorites arranged for late intermediates and beyond by Jennifer Eklund. This collection includes novelty arrangements from The Nutcracker as well as medleys of traditional holiday favorites and well-known classical melodies.
Day Is Done
Day is Done, composed by Rick Robertson, is an intermediate level solo in a neo-Romantic lyrical style. A slow-moving theme with harmonic richness contrasts with a middle section that presses forward, returning to the first theme for a conclusion. This is appropriate for recital or festival, in addition to worship services as a prelude or offertory.
Un Souvenir, composed by Rick Robertson, is a left-hand only intermediate solo in a neo-Romantic lyrical style. Besides the benefit as a “pupil saver” for pianists with right-hand injuries, it gives any performer the opportunity to work on balancing melody and accompaniment in the same hand, and use of pedal to tie the texture together. It is very effective in performance, and makes an excellent repertoire choice for a developing pianist.
Music Box is a lyrical solo by Sara Tomlinson in the key of A major. Much of the piece is written with both hands in the upper register, creating a light and airy feeling. The middle section gives the impression of the turning and spinning movement inside the music box. Listeners of all ages will enjoy the sounds and sentiments of the music box.
Dance of the Three Arabian Kings
Dance of the Three Arabian Kings, is a mashup of the Arabian Dance from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet and We Three Kings, stylishly arranged for intermediate piano by Jennifer Eklund. This piece is part of the Yuletide Treasures songbook.