In the late fall of each year as the days grow shorter and winter begins again, one feels the need to bring the mood of the approaching Christmas season into the studio where it can become part of our young cello pupil's general progress.
It is from thoughts such as these that the following settings arose. Conceived for pupils already past at least the very beginning stages of playing, their musical demands make them enjoyable also to older, intermediate-level players. Their playing-range encompasses all four strings of the cello from the top to the bottom of the first position. Care must be taken to keep the melody always in the forefront, changing, as it does, from part to part. (Alfred H. Bartles)