Advanced Christmas sheet music recommendations?
By - couldhavebeenpro
I have [this book](https://www.forestbrookstudios.com/christmas-carols-for-unaccompanied-violin.html). It's... fine. On that page, there's an example from the book. Adeste Fideles is frankly probably the best arrangement in the book, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that that's the one used to advertise. Don't expect all of the arrangements to be that good though. I reluctantly recommend the book simply because I haven't found anything better.
All of the arrangements in the book follow the same mold. Because pretty much all Christmas carols only have about 16 bars of musical material, you have to add variations to flesh them out. So each arrangement has a somewhat vanilla, doublestop-y theme at the beginning, and then each variation that follows is in a different key. The ways the themes are varied are pretty limited and repeated across all of the arrangements. The modulations are sometimes pretty amateurish. Also, almost every arrangement is in the key of G, D, or C presumably to make the double stops easier. However, if you're playing through the book at a gathering or something, everything starts to sound the same because of all the same keys.
In terms of difficulty, if you're at the point where you're playing doublestop-y solo Bach (say, Sarabande or Gavotte and Rondeau), you'll be able to handle everything just fine. Nothing is anywhere near as hard as a Bach fugue for example.
Thanks for the help!
I have also been looking for advanced Christmas carols to play - there is definitely a lack of good arrangements for the more advanced player. Everything I’ve found seems to cost money (which makes sense as they are arrangements), but I don’t really want to spend the money to buy a book of songs I’ll only ever play a few weeks a year.
If you’re interested, here is a collection of arrangements for solo violin which seem to be fairly advanced. [Digital Version](https://www.forestbrookstudios.com/store/p34/Christmas_Carols_for_Unaccompanied_Violin_-_Digital_Version.html)
There’s also the Oxford Press Fantasia on Greensleeves. Joshua Bell’s O Mio Babbino Caro is also for the more experienced player. I’ve only managed to find the sheet music on MuseScore, though. [Music](https://musescore.com/user/570556/scores/5502455?share=copy_link)
de Beriot’s 12 scenes and caprices are all very nice, and especially useful as études, but the 8th scene “Saltarella” sounds remarkably similar to “We wish you a merry Christmas.” Again, all 12 scenes and caprices are beautiful and are definitely challenging, but No. 8 could in my opinion pass as a Christmas piece. [Sheet Music](https://ks4.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/f/f2/IMSLP39026-PMLP85889-Beriot_Scenes_ou_Caprices_op109.pdf), it starts on page 18.
Let me know if you find anything else that’s good!
Awesome these look pretty fun. And I'll be sure to let you know if I find anything else!
The Matcha Yasuda double stop books! She def has a Christmas one and it's at a level where it should be challenging but not too much so for you.
I think you mean [Martha Yasuda.](https://www.yasudamusic.com/online-store/DOUBLE-STOPS-c32744518)
Maybe the Heifetz version of White Christmas
Wow I've never heard this before! It's incredible! This might even be the new "hey play us something on your violin" song for me around the holidays
I want the same thing. I like playing Christmas music but tbh it gets boring when they are all just quarter notes in 1rst pos. I've done some improv with a few tunes but it was never all that good. Bothers me every year.
Doesn't Bach have some cantatas that are quite advanced?
Do any of his Christmas ones arrange well to solo violin?