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Angels We Have Heard on High (Piano Solo)

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Just sharing a video of one of my newer arrangements entitled: “Angels We Have Heard on High”.  This piece was written for the elementary level pianist.

Shelley Roberts, one of my students, played it this year for the Christmas recital.


The Church Pianist: Angels We Have Heard on High (Transposed)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I’ve always enjoyed singing the Christmas carol, “Angels We Have Heard on High”.  My favorite key to sing this hymn is E flat Major.   We have a small congregation and this key works out very well for them.   Generally, we  transpose all hymns at least one step lower; making it easier for the congregation to reach the melody with confidence. (All of our congregation sings melody).

I understand not all church pianists know how to transpose. Therefore, I’m sharing this transposed version of  “Angels We Have Heard on High” in E flat Major; simple four-part style as it would appear in the hymnal.

Angels We Have Heard on High (four-part hymnal version)

The Church Pianist: Inner Voice Movement (Angels We Have Heard on High)

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Some hymns, such as Angels We Have Heard on High, contain busy inner voice movement.

I’m referring to the weaving alto part under the melody of the chorus.

It makes it tough on the piano fingers!  There’s no need to play every note during this kind of passage.

I simply play more blocked chords that include the moving voice parts to support the singers (congregation).

Stepping bass octaves in the left hand add movement needed to maintain a peppy tone.

Just remember to simplify busy inner voice movement by using blocked chords that agree
with the voice parts.

 Angels We Have Heard on High (inner voice movement)

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