Oh Holy Night sheet music for elementary piano - now with a Secondo part for a full-sounding duet!
The melody works out very nicely when shared between the two hands, thumbs side-by-side; the span is only from F below Middle C to A above Middle C. (If you are looking for a more challenging version, visit this page.)
The key of F is really too low for young kids to sing along with as they play (which is the ideal, I believe), but they can still sing many of the phrases. For performing as a duet, this arrangement will of course sound more beautiful with the melody played an octave higher than written.
I chose this key because it makes the accidental from B flat to B natural very easy to play. I'd rather have the left hand 2 negotiating that change, than a thumb going from C to C sharp, for example, as would be the case in the key of G.
Sorry about the timing! I know 6/8 is not going to LOOK as easy as your students might wish - but don't worry - they'll catch on quickly, especially if you sing the words.
In the more difficult version for solo piano (and also vocal duet), there is an additional measure after measure 9. I decided to leave it out for younger players, as it doesn't feel that natural, and most people find the shorter pause easier.
This version looks like it would made a great duet - where's the Secondo?
Here it is! It is 2 pages long. The graphics will be coming up, shortly - as in tomorrow morning! I'm tired, and the 2 pages of graphics will take a bit of time to make. Plus, I still have to proofread my arrangement. Corrections may be in order, but I wanted to post this to my site as quickly as possible!
The duet Secondo is primarily LH bass and RH broken chords. It's not beginner level, but it isn't too hard for a student who understands chords. Have fun!
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