Away in a Manger by James Murray & William Kirkpatrick
Arranged for Flute and Piano by Rebecca Faith
This arrangement of Away in a Manger by Rebecca Faith incorporates two traditional melodies woven together seamlessly to create a refreshing interpretation of a universally familiar song. A verse of the traditional American tune is heard first on the piano before being interrupted by the flute taking over with the British melody. Piano interludes of the American theme returns but never in full until the end of the piece where it returns to its original starting point. As much as the familiar melody is recognisable it is laced with jazzy harmonies and a nonchalant improvisatory style. All of Rebecca's Christmas Carol arrangements are fresh, exciting and uniquely crafted, and are very much for the concert platform rather than a sing-along or play-along at home with Dad playing the piano part. This beautiful arrangement requires work on the part of both flautist and pianist, as with a demanding accompaniment it is very much a duo.