GFA Soundboard Spring 1995

Roland, Perry (arranger): Christmas Music. Charlottesville: Guitar Editions, Inc., 1987. [GE 101] 24 pp. No price given.

This is a collection of Christmas duets scored for C-melody instrument and guitar. It contains 11 pieces, including standards such as "Deck the Halls," as well as lesser-known pieces like "Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella." Ten of the pieces are two pages long and require no page turns in performance. The production quality of this book is excellent.

The guitar parts are fairly easy and mostly in the lower positions. These are imaginative arrangements that provide a lot of activity for the guitarist. With its accurate fingering, interesting parts and low level of difficulty, this is a fine addition to the Christmas duet repetoire.

Richard Turner