Performance Insights The Holly and the Ivy

Two-part     Three-part

To understand the meaning and traditional of the lyrics of this well-known Christmas Carol requires more space than is available here.  Inquisitive readers are directed to a couple of helpful web sites (the links are entered below) to gain an intriguing and insightful understanding of this carol whose lyrics are buried in its history. 


The two settings were written specifically for all-boys groups, but they may be sung by mixed groups as well.  Actually there is only one arrangement written in three parts.  However, Part III is optional, so the piece may be sung without the third part rendering a satisfying two-part setting.  Notice that the catalog number is the same for both settings.


Access the Two-part and Three-part Variable Voicing Chart to determine the different voicings that are available to various age groups.


Music:  Traditional Christmas Carol

Arranged by Don L. Collins

Two- or Three-part Variable Voicing with two Flutes

Cambiata Press catalog #L97688

Helpful Web Sites:  The Meaning Behind a Curious Christmas Carol

                                        The Origin of the Holly and the Ivy

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When you click The Holly and the Ivy you will be able to access an engraved copy of the piece.  You may need to download a little "Scorch" plug-in to view and hear it.  Just respond to the requests on the webpage when it appears. This plug-in gives you access to all the scores on the Cambiata Press website.  After the music appears on your screen, there are TWO WAYS to view and hear it:

1.  Click the "play" icon and you will hear the piece played electronically, and as it plays, the cursor will lead your vision through the piece.  Read the text as you listen to the music.


 2.  Click the "Hear Choir Audio" link (upper right hand corner) to hear a choral ensemble sing the piece.  Use the Sibelius "page" icon to move the pages of the engraved copy manually as you listen.  Do not click the "play" icon while the ensemble is singing or you will hear both renditions simultaneously.

The three-part arrangement is performed by the Cambiata Singers from the Arkansas Boys Choir,

Don L. Collins, Director





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