The First Nowell


“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.


The First Nowell
©2011 Greg Scheer

String Quintet (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass/Cello 2)


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