It’s the time to celebrate the holidays!
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s no denying how modern music has been influenced by religious themes over the past few hundred years.
… and there’s nothing wrong with spreading a little more holiday cheer, is there? (Though I must note that I am not religious)
I’ve put together some of my favourite Christmas music and solos that I’m obsessed with this month. I’ll be picking up some of these Christmas solos to play soon.
Two of the videos below are my own playing.
If there’s a collection of music you’d like to see in the future, feel free to leave a comment below.
Joy to the World – arranged by James Koerts
This is me playing the piece. I found it in a pile of sheet music and I spontaneously recorded the playing.
I do realize the video ends at a weird time, and that’s my smart little finger cutting it off when I uploaded it. But I really do like this piece!
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – arranged by Nikki Iles
This is a relaxing jazzy piano arrangement with lots of opportunity for improv! I’ll have to get my hands on the music soon.
The First Noel – arranged by Sally DeFord
This is me playing the piece. I absolutely love this arrangement and I’ve had the music for years. (Oops, instagram only lets you upload 1 min of video)
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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire – arranged by Carsten Gerlitz
Again, this is a relaxing, jazzy piece. Does anyone notice a theme with my Christmas music obsession this year?
This book comes with 25 Christmas solos and could be a lot of fun to play!
Edit: I just got my paws on this book. It IS a very fun book to play, with lots of jazz pieces written out for classical pianists so that you can put your own spin and swing on the music.
Feel free to share this collection with a friend, and I’d love to hear what you’re playing this holiday season!