|Abstract:||My diploma paper consists of two parts. The first part of the paper focuses on ecclesiastical liturgy, church music and Christmas, as the contents of Christmas carols originate in Christianity. The second part of the paper contains arrangements of ten selected Christmas carols for Orff Instruments.
The first part of the paper could be divided into several sub-chapters. In the introduction, the emphasis is put on several characteristics and regularities of ecclesiastical liturgy, and later on, the discussion progresses to the significance of church music, its historical development and its characteristics. Vocal, instrumental and vocal/instrumental church music, as well as church folk singing, are described.
A special emphasis is put on Advent and Christmas seasons, manners and customs, distinctive of this time of the year, and the contents of Christmas carols. Slovene collections of church songs, which also contain songs, typical of Advent and Christmas seasons, are listed in my diploma paper as well.
Slovene literature for Orff Instruments, containing folk songs and compositions, is also described in the paper.
The practical part of my diploma paper contains arrangements of ten Christmas carols for Orff Instruments and singing. The songs are not complicated and are, therefore, appropriate for primary school pupils, as their psychomotor skills and the level of their musical abilities are taken into consideration.|