Christmas Saxophone Duet Book, by Kyle Coughlin
For Two Saxophones in the Same Key
The Christmas Saxophone Duet Book arranged by Kyle Coughlin features twenty-five of the best known and beloved traditional carols -- one for each day leading up to Christmas. The book is available in print and PDF versions and includes the following songs:
Angels We Have Heard
Away In a Manger
Deck the Halls
Ding Dong! Merrily on High
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen FREE SAMPLE
Good King Wenceslas
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Here We Come A-Wassailing
The Holly and the Ivy
In Dulci Jubilo
In the Bleak Midwinter
I Saw Three Ships FREE SAMPLE
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Joy to the World
O Christmas Tree
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Town of Bethlehem FREE SAMPLE
Up on the Housetop
We Three Kings
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
What Child Is This
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The carols are written specifically for the saxophone with beginner and intermediate students in mind, and they progress in terms of difficulty. This edition is written specifically for two saxophones in the same key: 2 altos or 2 tenors (or even 2 sopranos or 2 baritones).
The Christmas Saxophone Duet Book is unique in that there are at least two versions of every carol in the book. The first version of each song has the melody entirely in the top line of the saxophone parts. These arrangements are good for featuring students playing along with their teachers.
In the second version of each song, the melody is traded back and forth between the two saxophone parts. These arrangements work well for two students playing together, since both saxophonists will have an opportunity to play the melody. They can be used as an educational tool to help students identify when they are playing the melody and when they are playing the accompanying harmony part.
Of course, besides using the duets for two saxophonists, the arrangements can be played by saxophone ensembles in two parts.
At the end of the book there are four extra carols for more advanced players: two more arrangements of Jingle Bells, and one each of O Christmas Tree and Silent Night.
The book has a total of 55 arrangements of the carols and is 63 pages.