Lynch – Jingle! Silent Angels
|CD140||piccolo, 6 flutes (or 6th alto or clarinet) & bass flute (or clarinet or any bass clef instrument)||Grade 5||5′ 00″||£10.00/£3.50|
Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Angels from the Realms of Glory.
Silent Night acts as a “slow movement” balance to the more lively outer numbers. The interest is spread around the instruments whilst always retaining musical integrity and avoiding, within reason, pre-determined (and restricted) tessituras, merely because of a flute’s ranking.
This arrangement respects, for the most part, the carols’ characters. The accompaniment of Jingle Bells, for example, is clearly representative of sleigh bells (in fact there are some on the recording below). The few 5/4 bars shouldn’t be a problem, since they are natural to the rhythm patterns.
Silent Night is expressive and exploits the warm and (one hopes) rich tone of the flutes’ lower reaches. Tempo changes into and out of this section may need attention at rehearsal. The contrapuntal detail here is important and includes a few effective appoggiaturas.
Angels from the Realms of Glory, with its catchy syncopations serves to give a rousing ending. Actually, there are deliberate rhythmic similarities between the first and last carols, with a more specific, unifying feature nearer the end, thanks to the Jingle Bells quotation, which should be clearly audible in performance. The duration, given on the score, will help in concert planning.