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Here at last is Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Doing this stuff makes you realise things about songs that are not so evident on the surface – like finding out the sofa you ordered won’t actually go through the front door, even though it looked quite small in the shop. This is one of the most christmassy of christmas carols, and yet there’s not much you can do with it, except sing it like it’s supposed to be sung. Unless, possibly, you turn it into a little pizzicato ballerina variation, because no variation is complete without three little fairy rings on a celeste, and HTHAS has lots of that kind of thing.  I still think it’s quite funny that the first line of this in the original is “Vaterland in deinen Gauen”.

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Jonathan Still, ballet pianist