Christmas Bicinia (two-part carols)
a series of Christmas carols, melody and countermelody, for any two voices or instruments
- Duration flexible
These two-part carols, Christmas Bicinia, could - with suitable transpositions - be performed by any pair of instruments or voices: soprano and violin, or two trumpets, or flute and clarinet, or two-part children's choir, or cello and bassoon, or counter-tenor and lute... My hope is that the settings might work well in a variety of contexts: in concerts, recitals, carol services, or as teaching pieces, sight-reading exercises, duets between teacher and pupil, etc. Each bicinium has an unaltered carol melody in one part (voice), complemented by a new counter-melody in the other. It is a challenge to any composer or arranger to try to create a musically-satisfying result within the confines of two-part counterpoint, and one that has brought me great enjoyment! Christmas Bicinia is an ongoing series, I'm always adding more...