A Season of Light

Price: $12.95
by Frank A. Wallace
30 Carols from many lands and times for solo classical guitar

“…a beautiful collection of Christmas music from across the centuries, played, composed, and arranged by Frank Wallace…a true master of his instrument…His dynamic range is impressive, and his gradations of tone, constantly singing line, and sensitive musicianship confirm his “elegant virtuosity*”…”

 ––Robert Schulslaper , Fanfare, Nov/Dec 2008

Preview: a sample PDF of A Season of Light; INCLUDES 6 FREE PIECES

Duration: 55 minutes; 32 pages

Difficulty level: easy to hard, generally three part chords and polyphonic textures

Instrumentation: classical guitar

Written: fall/winter 2006/2007

Recording: JOY: carols and songs for a Season of Light by Frank Wallace on Gyre (2007)

All Gyre compositions are ASCAP.
Copyright ©2007 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.

A Season of Light
30 carols for guitar solo arranged and composed* by Frank A. Wallace

I. Joy to the World
II. The First Noel
III. Silent Night
IV. There is No Rose
V. O Come Emanuel
VI. Les Pasteurs de la Judea
VII. Beata Progenies
VIII. Star in the East
IX. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
X. A Shining*
XI. Cuando el Rey Nimrod
XII. A los Maytines
XIII. Aro que Nostre Seign’es Nat
XIV. March* XV. Greensleeves XVI. Coventry Carol
XVII. Noel Nouvelet
XVIII. Master in This Hall
XIX. Amb un Viudo
XX. Stella Splendens
XXI. On This Day
XXII. Carillon*
XXIII. Dawn of the Doves*
XXIV. Away in a Manger
XXV. Sing We to This Merry Company
XXVI. O Holy Night
XXVII. J’ai Ouy la Voix
XXVIII. Santa María Strella do Dia
XXIX. Venite a Laudare
XXX. Per Nadal Farem Gran Festa

Soundboard Review, September 2009
“Here is a fine anthology of thirty pieces for Christmastide…Wallace’s arrangements of Greensleeves, Silent Night and Oh Holy Night are very good indeed…For anyone looking for a wide range of familiar and lesser known music for December, this anthology fits the bill nicely.”
— David Norton, Soundboard Volume XXXV, No. 3, 2009

A Season of Light is a collection of standards and works that were beloved songs from my days of making music with lutes, viols and voices with Trio LiveOak and the Quadrivium in Boston. It is a joyous coming together of my past and present. While each piece is an individual arrangement, the book was executed in the final order and conceived with an over-reaching arc of key structure, style and mood. Four original works are included. The PDF sampler above is a selection of six pieces, please enjoy and share it freely with others.

“I got to read a lot of these today and they are really terrific. I don’t normally think of artistic content and commercial success at the same time but I think that this collection should be very successful. I have most of the commercially available collections of Christmas music for CG and yours is really the best for a number of reasons and I think most players would agree. Everything lies beautifully on the instrument and the modal harmonies and counterpoint (reminiscent of many pieces from Francesco DaMilano to Sylvius Weiss)! It’s a great work and I wish you the best.”  –Louis Arnold, guitarist