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A First Book of Christmas Songs: 20 Favorite Songs in Easy Piano Arrangements Paperback – Jul 9 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (July 9 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486297187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486297187
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21 x 0.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price Nov. 16 2004
By J. Haughton - Published on
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Here are the 20 songs in the book:

Angels We Have Heard on High; Jingle Bells; Away in a Manger; Joy to the World; Silent Night; Deck the Halls; O, Come All Ye Faithful; Song of the Birds; The Coventry Carol; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; We Three Kings of Orient Are; The First Nowell; O Little Town of Bethlehem; What Child is This?; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; O Christmas Tree; We Wish You a Merry Christmas; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Pat-a-pan; Shepherds, O Shepherds.

There are illustrations throughout the book for children to color, and all-in-all it's not bad for the price. I do wish, however, that all the verses of the songs could have been included (only the first verse is given) so that you wouldn't have to buy a Christmas songbook separately or hunt down verses on the Internet.
70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, but not a primer level Christmas piano book Jan. 11 2008
By CCags829 - Published on
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This is a great book from Dover Publishing. The layout and illustrations are nice, but there is one infamous typo, and frankly, this is a book for more advanced elementary piano students. As a teacher, I've got quite a collection of Christmas music books, and this is definitely not a "first book." If you're looking for more simpler music that's much better geared for younger children, look for the Bastien collection.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A couple of sour notes, but overall...good. Jan. 10 2005
By DasReboot - Published on
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Having purchased this for my kids to use and practice in time for Christmas 2005, I pretested all the music and found it to be a nice starter set of Christmas music for the piano student in their first or second year of training. The arrangements tend to be minimalistic. Caveat: there are at least two obviously wrong notes in The First Nowell and Jingle Bells, so you'd be well advised to correct them once you find them; hopefully they'll fix them by the time a second edition rolls out. Nice features: Each song can be played without turning pages. A charming black-and-white illustration accompanies each song. There's also a list of the songs in order of difficulty for those who want to learn the songs that way.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Beginners Christmas Carol Book July 13 2001
By Hawksana - Published on
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Great for children. Each song is illustrated with pictures to color. Wide representation of songs and styles. The arrangements are simple, but musical.
Note: Although this book is for beginners, it is at the Primary Level. If you're looking for a simple five-finger Christmas book. This isn't it. Great for Level II Primary however!
It's also a fun book to improvise from. There's something about seeing the Carols broken out of their standard hymn settings that sparks the imagination for creating spontaneous innovative arrangements when working from Bergerac's setting as a base.
A great Value!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Best for Christmas and beyond Sept. 6 2005
By E Macpherson - Published on
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I have never played the piano before this past year and at 56 years of age, it isn't the easiest thing to pick up! However, this book not only let's you play 'like a pro' right off the bat, but the stylings are simple, understandable, and with the number of the finger of each hand attached to each note, one can play with confidence immediately! Lovely and very satisfying. E.