Any choral folk out there??

Several inquiries have come in this season about Hanukah music, since there isn’t a large repertoire in that genre–and I thought, why not write something for both Hanukah and Christmas? It was very challenging, but fun to write this past weekend. For some reason, I find it very peaceful to write new music on 9-11. It cleanses my soul, and, hopefully, something good comes from it. Please feel free to email me if you’d like a copy at sharpnat@aol.com. It’s simple 2-parts mixed voices with a pianistic piano part, and the main theme for the verses is based on ‘Rock of Ages’. I’m happy to share it with everyone before it gets submitted for potential publication, should you still be seeking out holiday music.

Here’s the press release about the piece:

Jeffrey Biegel Pens ‘Ho Ho Hanukah, Ho Ho Christmas!’
By Naturally Sharp, Inc.
September 12, 2005

Pianist/composer Jeffrey Biegel has added a delightful choral work for the holiday season programming. Since his music has sold over 6,000 copies in a six-month period, Jeffrey Biegel has been asked to combine the holidays of Hanukah and Christmas in a uniting song of seasonal charm. Scored for two-parts mixed voices and a challenging piano accompaniment, Mr. Biegel bases the main theme of ‘Ho Ho Hanukah, Ho Ho Christmas!’ on the well known Hanukah song, ‘Rock of Ages’. With sleigh bells and a spirited chorus section, ‘Ho Ho Hanukah, Ho Ho Christmas!’ is sure to become a standard amongst young choruses throughout the US and abroad.

Other holiday choral works by Mr. Biegel include an SATB a cappella arrangement of ‘The Christmas Song’ (“Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire…”), an SATB divisi a cappella arrangement of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, available through the Hal Leonard Corporation and the http://www.jwpepper.com website, and ‘Christmas In A Minute’ for SATB/piano, based on Chopin’s ‘Minute Waltz’, also available through the Hal Leonard Corporation and the http://www.jwpepper.com website. For information regarding music not available through http://www.jwpepper.com, such as ‘Ho Ho Hanukah, Ho Ho Christmas!’ and ‘The Christmas Song’, please contact Helene Blue Musique at 1-212-724-5900 or via email at helenebluemusic@mindspring.com.

Due in October, his solo piano arrangements of ‘The Best of Josh Groban’ will be released by PianoDisc, and he includes in the 2005-06 season the World Premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s ‘Concerto no. 3′ with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a South American debut recital in the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, plus performances throughout the US. For more information, please visit Mr. Biegel’s website at http://www.cyberecital.com.

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