The First Nowell
©2011 Greg Scheer
String Quintet (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass/Cello 2)
“The First Nowell” is the quintessential Christmas carol and a classic folk tune, but too many arrangements fetter the flowing melody with four-part harmony. My approach is simple: let the melody sing itself and support it with an accompaniment that keeps things moving forward. After a brief string intro, it starts small–just guitar and solo voice–and then builds momentum over the song’s 6 verses.