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    *19 Quirky Christmas Carols.* The carols in this book are fun variations on what is usually heard at Christmas. Apart from the variations on _In dulci jubilo_ (the last six pieces in the book) they are not necessarily intended to be played as a set. The backwards and upside down carols can effectively be used for audience participation to see if they can be recognised in their altered forms.

    1. Backwards carol 1 (Gook King Wencesles)
    2. Backwards carol 2 (What Child is This?)
    3. Backwards carol 3 (Away in a Manger)
    4. Upside down carol 1 (Away in a Manger)
    5. Upside down carol 2 (???)
    6. Upside down carol 3 (Ding Dong Merrily on High)
    7. God Rest Ye Angel Wenceslas
    8. This endris ivy
    9. Resonet in silent wassail
    10. On Silent Christmas Night
    11. God Rest Ye Merry Wenceslas
    12. I saw three ships
    13. Jack~~~~~s Jingles
    14. In dulci Major/minor
    15. Indulci canonica
    16. In dulce chromatico
    17. In dulci metallica
    18. In dulci pointillismo
    19. In dulci sicilienne

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    _2 x Score 20 pp. PDF File Delivery._

    Publisher Orpheus Music ,All Publishers
    Period/Genre Australian Contemporary
    Composer First Name Benjamin
    Composer Surname Thorn
    Grade Moderate
    Instrumentation Descant - Treble - Tenor - Bass - various combinations
    Composer Letter T
    Composer Name Thorn - Benjamin

    Benjamin Thorn
    A Book of Thorny Carols
    For three and four recorders
    Orpheus Music, OMP 225
    This work consists of two playing scores really useful as the combination of recorders varies and it will be useful to have two scores so that one can change recorders easily without having to change
    There are carols played backwards (with some altered phrasing and harmonic changes too). Some are played upside down. Then there are various combinations of carols including 'Jack's Jingles': a combination
    of Jingle Bells' and 'Brother Jack' by Cecile Michels-Thorn. The last six pieces based on In Dulci Jubilo can be played as a set there are more details about the pieces in the booklets. Benjamin Thorn suggests asking audiences to try to recognise the carols used. I think this is an excellent idea especially with those which include a mix of carols They are interesting to study as something different and maybe to use  four audience participation if you are looking for the unusual.

    Jackey Birch, Recorder Mail, Winter 2012 p.142

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