Christmas and Advent

Be it Christmastime or just before in Advent, look no further.  The lists below include sacred and secular (secular titles are my very best arrangements, although much more is available), so there’s something here for a church service as well as a special holiday party.  Click on the instrument of your choice below. For a smattering of concert venues, click here.  And to book an event, contact me.


Hammered Dulcimer        Autoharp        Choral Music


Hammered Dulcimer for Christmas

This list includes suitable classical music as well.  Got a Christmas solo you’d like? Contact me.

Christmas--h dulcimer

Air ("Water Music Suite")G. F. Handel
An Unnamed PieceJohn Dowland
AriosoJ.S. Bach
Away in a MangerAway in a Manger
Come, All Ye ShepherdsFrench carol
Come, Let's Be MerryEnglish country-dance tune
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, 1st movt. (orig. for violin)J.S. Bach
Concerto No. 1 in C major, all (orig. for mandolin)A. Vivaldi/arr. L. Reilly
Flute Clock Sonata, Set II, no. 2G. F. Handel
Go Tell It on the Mountain (w piano; see also...)Spiritual
Good King WenceslasEnglish
Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasH. Martin & R. Blane
In the Bleak Midwinter (plucked)Gustav Holst
In dulci jubiloGerman
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (with additional instrumentation)J.S. Bach
Jingle BellsJ. Pierpont
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!Sammy Cahn
Minuet in GJ. S. Bach
Noel NouveletFrench carol
O, Christmas TreeGerman
O Come, All Ye Faithful (plucked)Adeste Fideles
O Come, O Come EmmanuelPlainsong
O SanctissimaMariner's Hymn
The Parade of the Wooden SoldiersLeon Jessl
Pastorale Symphony ("Messiah")G. F. Handel
Prelude, Allemande, Courante (from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007)J.S. Bach
Ronde/Hupfauf (1556)Tielman Susato
SarabandeArcangelo Corelli
Silent NightFranz Gruber
Simple GiftsShaker hymn
Waltz of the ToysFrench-Canadian
What Child is This?Greensleeves
White ChristmasIrving Berlin

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diatonic autoharp for Christmas

This list includes suitable classical music, too.  Got a Christmas solo you’d like?  Contact me.

Am Buaichaille Ban (The Fair Shepherd)Scottish
The Carillon of SneekDutch
Ding! Dong! Merrily on High16th cent. French
I Saw Three Ships (great for family service!)English traditional tune
Jingle BellsJ. Pierpont
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (communion)Picardy
Lo, He Comes with Clouds DescendingHelmsley
Minuet in G (another one, by...)J.S. Bach
O Jesu SweetJ.S. Bach
Once in Royal David's CityIrby
O’Carolan’s ConcertoT. O’Carolan
Silent NightFranz Gruber
Silver BellsJay Livingston and Ray Evans
Wassail! Wassail, All over the TownGloucestershire Carol

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Choral Works for Christmas

All of the works below (except for the first title) involve dulcimer or autoharp.  Most of the parts were created from the existing score (indicated by “cp”), although some are scored specifically for either instrument. Got something else in mind that’s not on the list but would work well with dulcimer?  Contact me.  And be sure to go to the Composition page to view sample pages of my own choral works.

Ave Maria, o autrix vitae (unison voices, cp)Hildegard von Bingen
Angels Visit When We Sing (SATB & organ)Lucille Reilly, text by Thomas H. Troeger
Comfort Ye, My People (SATB, hd)Psalm 42,  arr. Lucille Reilly (Advent)
Before the Marvel of This Night (Augsburg 11-2055; SATB, organ, cp)Carl Schalk (Christmas Eve)
Christmas Lullaby (Plymouth MD-500; SA, hd)Malcolm Dalglish
Ding! Dong! Merrily on High (SSA + HD)16th cent. French, arr. Lucille Reilly
Gesu, Bambino (SSAATTBB, hd)Pietro Yon, arr. Thomas Edward Morgan
Go Tell It on the Mountain (SATB, hd, gtr+opt. bass or piano) this one rocks, as the Athens Choral Society demonstrates right here!
Spiritual, arr. Lucille Reilly
I Hear the Prophet Callin' (SATB, cp)Pepper Choplin (Advent)
I Saw Three Ships (Selah #405-264; SATB, hd)Appalachian carol in 4/4
I Wonder as I Wander (soprano solo + hd)Appalachian carol, arr. Lucille Reilly
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (+ organ)J. S. Bach
Joy to the World (Hal Leonard #08596517; +organ)arr. Alice Parker
Lo, How a Rose... (Schirmer Octavo #9292; + dulcimer improvisation)Michael Praetorius
A Manger Carol (1-2 voices w/ org.; Flammer B5141; +cp)Richard Purvis
Night of Silence (2-4 part voices, cp)Daniel Kantor
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (2 equal voices+HD)Plainsong, arr. Lucille Reilly
Rise Up, Shepherd (Oolitic 1991)Malcolm Dalglish
Prepare the Way (Advent; SATB, hd) Swedish tune, arr. Lucille Reilly
Prepare the Way  (The Sacred Music Press, #10/1202S; cp+ organ)Swedish tune, arr. Hal Hopson
Sanctus (from  Deutsche Messe;  with E or F diatonic autoharp) Franz Schubert, arr. Lucille Reilly
Simple Gifts (#PCS-162; cp)arr. Rosemary Heffley
Star in the East (Selah 405-316; organ or strings + cp)David Ashley White
Star in the East (Ooolitic; SATB, hd; 3 Appalachian carols)arr. Malcolm Dalglish
Still, Still Night (1995)Franz Gruber/Jackson Berkey
Winter Lullaby (B&H OCTB#6690; SA, hd)M. Dalglish

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