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Still Still Still

Still Still Still

Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.

Some Christmas carols are joyous and celebratory.  Others reflect the peace that is also characteristic of the season. If “Silent Night” is perhaps the most well-known of those, the closest runner up would have to be the Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still,.”

The carol is a wiegenlied or cradle song with a traditional folk song melody. The tune sets the lullaby mood with a lilting arpeggio that calls to mind a mother’s soothing whispers to her child.  The original German lyrics bring those whispers to life, translating literally as “Hush, hush, hush, for the little child wants to sleep.”

Here are the English lyrics used most commonly:

Still, still, still

One can hear the falling snow

For all is hushed

The world is sleeping

Holy Star its vigil keeping

Still, still, still

One can hear the falling snow

Sleep, sleep, sleep

'Tis the eve of our...

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Three German Carols

sheet music Oct 08, 2014

Three German Carols arranged for harp by Anne Sullivan

Designed with a harpist’s busy December in mind! The carols are short (and NO lever or pedal changes!) but they can easily be played as a set if you need something longer.

These carols are ideal for students. My students are often so busy that it is hard to think of adding holiday music to their practice load. But these carols make it easy. The intermediate level gives a more accomplished student something they can learn and perform quickly, and gives the less advanced student something with just enough challenge to help them grow.

Three German Carols includes:

Kling, Glöckchen (“Ring, Little Bell”), is a favorite Christmas carol of German children. The lyrics were written in the 19th century and set to a traditional German folk tune. I have included two versions of this carol arrangement. One has no lever or pedal changes, but the melody has been slightly altered to allow this. The other version has the...

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Carol Bundle

sheet music Oct 08, 2014

Want the English AND the German Carol sets? Purchase the bundle for only $15 – that’s almost a 25% savings! Why not???

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sheet music Oct 06, 2014

Away in a Manger

Two Famous Tunes

Arranged for lever or pedal harp by Anne Sullivan

Like many Christmas carols, the text to “Away in a Manger” has been set to music by multiple composers. These two famous tunes are often identified as “the English one” and “the German one,” but interestingly both were written by American composers.

William Kirkpatrick, a Pennsylvania native, was trained in Philadelphia and worked at various times as a composer, carpenter, military Fife-Major, and church organist. His tune “Cradle Song” was written in 1895 for a musical production called “Around the World with Christmas.” This is the “English” tune for “Away in a Manger,” commonly identified in hymnals as the tune “Kirkpatrick.”

The “German” tune for “Away in a Manger” was said to be an original melody by Martin Luther. In recent years, this has been viewed as a 19thcentury...

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