Compo, Holiday, Single Tracks, SounDevotion Competition, Vocal


Sugar Plum Snowflake
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For SounDevotion Competition Round 54

Falling from silver clouds
Carried down by the wind
Tossed around, up again
To the warm ground, descend
Gently, snowflakes will land
To the ground, receives them

The theme was winter or holidays.  In the past, when we’ve done this theme I made a rearrangement of a public domain Christmas hymn, so while I made this to be an original composition, I knew that I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to work on it.  Despite that, I am happy with the result; it was difficult to get the vocal and guitar sounds.

Compo, Holiday, Single Tracks, SounDevotion Competition

Away In a Manger

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According to Wikipedia, this song has origins in American hymnals from the late 1800’s.  Though those hymnals tried to attribute the song to Martin Luther, it appears to be a lyric composed by an American and set to a Scottish melody.  I know of at least three melodies for this song, so in my piece I have attempted to include them all.  Notice how they all have waltz time, and all sound like they could easily be played as bagpipe marches; perhaps one could argue that this is a medley of unknown Scottish folk songs.