Christmas at the Keyboard – 2013

Christmas At The Keyboard CD Cover Art

CD Cover Art

Christmas at the Keyboard Music Book Cover

Music Book Cover

Click on the mp3 player to play
Title mp3 Audio Composer
Joy To The World mp3 George F. Handel
Silent Night, Holy Night mp3 Franz Grüber
Angels We Have Heard On High mp3 French Melody
Carol Of The Drum mp3 Katherine K. Davis
Go Tell It On The Mountain mp3 Spiritual
O Holy Night mp3 Adolphe Adam
O, Little Town Of Bethlehem mp3 Lewis H. Redner

Each of these Christmas arrangements by Harold DeCou reminds us of his awesome musical legacy.

I have owned a copy of Harold DeCou’s “Christmas at the Keyboard” arrangements (cover pictured) for years. With this year’s revival of my effort to record all DeCou arrangements I previously played, I resolved to record this collection as my 2013 Christmas musical project. The notes I play are the ones Mr. DeCou wrote. The sounds are achieved by playing the original notes through my specially prepared (using our own special sauce…) Kurzweil synthesizer “program.” I attempted to follow Mr. DeCou’s recommended tempos and dynamics.

The “specially prepared synthesizer program“ I created is the 11th version of the original, multi-layered program I developed for this project, using my Kurzweil PC3K8 instrument. My synthesizer program features six distinct elements: right and left “plucked” sounds, solo-violin, an “organish-flutish” sound, synthesizer-brass, and glockenspiel. These sounds are different in character and are positioned across the sound-stage.

Changes to the sounding synthesizer’s program elements are achieved by turning on and off layers of the program – similarly to when an organist engages or disengages organ stops.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy these seven arrangements.

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