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Scrooge's Christmas 

Scrooge's Christmas

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This piece is a musical representation of scenes from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."   

It starts with the ringing of church bells, and the frantic business of getting ready for Christmas  (letters  A, D), contrasting this with the curmudgeonly antics of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the originator of the phrase "Bah! Humbug!", whose theme first appears at letter B.     

It continues with Scrooge going home, seeing the door knocker change shape (bar 100), being visited first by the ghost of Jacob Marley (bar 118), and then by the Ghost of Christmas Past. 

This latter takes Scrooge back in time to see his former self as a lonely schoolboy  (letter G), and then in happier times as an apprentice with the wonderfully-named Mr Fezziwig.  The latter scene (letter H) features the Sir Roger de Coverly dance.

I've used a version of de Coverly tune to accelerate to the coda section of the piece, which jumps right to the end  of the story, when Scrooge sees the error of his ways.  

I had to omit many other scenes of Christmas Past, Present and Future:  the piece would have been far too long!

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