This year’s Christmas publication is God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, one of the oldest carols of the English tradition, in two versions: for string quartet and for cello quartet. The source for this edition has been the choral part found in “Christmas Carols New & Old,” edited by John Stainer (1840–1901) and firstly published by Novello & Co around the year 1880.
The proposed edition is available in several versions:
- a string quartet arrangement in the original key of E minor
- a cello quartet arrangement in the more favourable key of D minor
- the original choir score
- a reduction for soprano and piano
The separate parts for the cello quartet versions bear fingering and bowing suggestions by myself.
I hope you will enjoy playing this piece with your friends, family, and students as much as I have enjoyed researching and adapting it.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a time of joy, peace, and rest with all your dear ones.