Handel’s Messiah his is a really common oratorio to hear around Christmastime, and many orchestras put on performances of it in December. The Hallelujah Chorus is the most famous movement from Messiah.
Today is the final installment of our Christmas sheet music blog series, and we’re ending with a bang. I really like God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman because it’s got this intensity that many Christmas songs don’t have, and that can be fun. It’s got some drive and oomph.
Now that we’ve hit December, it’s time to start rolling out the Christmas music! I love Christmas music, and this is one of my favorite parts of the teaching year. Somehow I haven’t gotten sick of Jingle Bells through all these years of teaching because I just get so excited.
Today’s video is Away in a Manger sheet music, with 2 versions. One is just right hand and chords – this could be called the simple version. I would also like to call it the improv version, since it gives you room to invent your own LH part while using the chords as a template. The second version is a full piano version – it’s a little more challenging, with a lot of movement in the left hand and voicing in the right.