“Christmastide” refers to the Christmas season, starting on December twenty-fourth. This piece captures the solemn aspect of this period. It should be played in a slow and dignified manner. Some of the difficulties lie in appropriately voicing the melody and also creating long phrases without the help of legato. Pedal should be used throughout. The numerous flats may be challenging for some students.
Caroline Krause, Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow