The Holly and the Ivy

This The Holly and the Ivy arrangement is rich with fresh harmonies and a gentle setting.


O Come O Come Emmanuel by Wendy Stevens

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This arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy is sophisticated in its sound, and gentle to all who hear. Beginning with an antiphonal, lonely call, the piece unfolds into a rich texture. The Holly and the Ivy is great for small hands and a big heart as there are no octaves in the piece except a few times in the left hand.

The key signatures in The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy begins in the key of G major with changes into B flat and E flat major. One of the contrasting sections presents the tune in E minor, and finally ending in E Major.

Bonus: Studio license includes the recording and holiday tags!

There are two editions to The Holly and the Ivy and the studio license edition gives you two bonuses. Here is how to tell which edition you need:

  • Studio Use Edition – This can be used by you and any student of yours that you directly teach in your studio for ALL the years you teach. It also comes with the recording of this piece and classy gift tags that feature the artwork on the cover of this piece and O Come O Come Emmanuel.
  • Singe Use Edition – This can only be used by one person, at any time and it is not transferrable to anyone. The recording of The Holly and the Ivy does not come with this.

About the All is Calm, All is Bright Collection

This is piece 7 of 13 in the All is Calm, All is Bright collection. This collection features exquisitely arranged Christmas and holiday tunes for the late intermediate to advanced pianist. Each piece is contrasting in mood and a welcome surprise and delight for those who are tired of regular Christmas piano arrangements.

Other pieces in the All is Calm, All is Bright Collection:
All is calm collection 2019

See a complete list along with bundled All is Calm pieces here.

Words to The Holly and the Ivy

Here are the words to the first verse of The Holly and the Ivy. You can see all words here.

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

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