The holly and the ivy

The holly and the ivy : No.2 of Three Upper-voice Carols

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for unison upper voices and piano or harp A fluid melody and Carter's adroit harmonic interpretation of the traditional text combine to give his setting a unique expressive quality. The harp part (which includes all three carols in the set) is available for sale under the title Three Upper-voice Carols.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 182 x 247 x 1mm | 22g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193426544
  • 9780193426542

Review quote

They are skilfully written with an understanding of the blend and colours of the voice and harp. This would make a beautiful set for an accomplished choir, but each carol presents different challenges and could easily stand alone. . . The energetic and rhythmically vital melody is sung almost entirely in unison. The challenge lies in its variations of metre, some harmonic twists and the need for vocal agility. * Music Teacher June 04 * . . . these three lovely settings by Andrew Carter, rather like much of Britten's music for young people, sound more complex than they actually are - a reflection of the composer's skill and mastery of his medium . . . I shall certainly be performing these fine settings with my youth choir this Christmas. * Church Music Quarterly Sept 04 * Choir Directors will seize on these highly enjoyable, skilful settings which, at 10 minutes long, would make a graceful yet substantial addition to many a Christmas event. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, Oct 04 *show more

About Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter was born in 1939 into a Leicestershire family of tower and handbell ringers. Following a music degree at the University of Leeds, he joined York Minster Choir, and was subsequently Director of Music at the Bar Convent Grammar School, where he achieved his first successes as a choir trainer. His wealth of experience of directing both mixed-voice and upper-voice choirs has given him a deep understanding of the voice, expressed by a lyricism and sense of drama underpinned by distinctive, often bitter-sweet harmonies. His vast collection of anthems and Christmas carols, together with a substantial number of large-scale choral works, have earned him a reputation as one of Britain's most respected contemporary choral composers.show more