Dartmouth Professor Offers Musical Twist on Holiday Classics


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Liven up the holidays with these contemporary “twists” on holiday classics (listen and download here):

Jolly Old St. Pachelbel

Three Disoriented Kings

Alla en un pesebre

Carol of the Bells

O Holy Night

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Swayne’s  piano arrangements of well-known holiday songs date from his time as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, when he also worked as a pianist in a department store. Once the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping season arrived, recalls Swayne, “playing nothing but holiday music for three hours straight without repeating songs was a challenge.” So he re-imagined the songs to create a mix for his performances.

Asked which “holiday twist” he favors, Swayne answers, “Whichever one I’m playing. They’re all my favorites in different ways.”

See if you agree.

Written by
Tiffany Pollack