Silent Night sheet music in several levels for your piano students.
Here are the duet sheets. Page one shows the duet in the key of D.
In the secondo, the hands are playing exactly the same notes, just an octave apart. Scroll down the page for the free PDF download links.
The stem-down notes are all for the left hand, and the stem-up notes, for the right hand, are exactly the same notes an octave higher.
You have probably looked at the melody by now and said to yourself, "My beginners can't play this!"
Right. Silent Night is a difficult melody with a range greater than the ten fingers, and piano books tend to have younger students cross the left hand over the right hand in order to achieve that highest note of the melody!
That is exactly what happens in this Christmas book by the Fabers, which many of my students have enjoyed over the years.
But I didn't promise you an easy duet.
What we have here, instead, is some lovely chord practice for a student who has learned a bit about chord inversions and is ready to try something pretty.
Page 2 shows the key of C:
The fingering I have left up to you!
In the Secondo part, if your students don't already have their fingering down for chord inversions (as seen in my sheets "The Key of C" and etc.) then they are not ready for this music.
Originally, I had thought to make a duet out of the Silent Night music similar to my simple arrangement for the Greensleeves duet, with repeating broken chords in root position.
However, the Silent Night chords are not as varied as in Greensleeves, and they don't change as frequently, so repeated root chords would get a little old (in my opinion).
Therefore, except for the first three C chords, the chords alternate between root position and one of the inversions. This is challenging, even in the key of C! But very, very pretty.
Your students who are beginning to use chord inversions may find this Secondo a bit of a challenge, but a rewarding challenge.
The "helper" version gives them the inversion notes the first time they appear.
Next, here are the lead sheets:
Last of all, here are the solo versions of the Christmas carol. These are fairly easy, and not very fancy, except perhaps the second page of the broken chord versions. Here is an arrangement in two keys which uses solid chords in the left hand, mostly:
Here are the same two keys and basic arrangement, but with all broken chords:
The download links for the duets:
Here are the lead sheet PDF links:
The PDF download links for the Christmas carol SOLOS:
The solos with broken chords:
I just purchased O Holy Night to use as a duet for Christmas Eve Mass. Thank you so much for this simple, easy to read version as my vocalists are not professional and this music won't be quite so intimidating as other arrangements I have. Your expertise is much appreciated!! Merry Christmas!
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