“Softly He Sleeps” begins with a lilting carol like melody written by Garth Williams. Once this is shared between the cello and piano, he then introduces “Whence Is Thy Goodly Fragrance” to the composition. Once introduced, he then combines both melodies together with a canonic interplay between the various melodies and parts. A very wonderful Christmas piece of music. The cellist is expected to be comfortable in the upper positions on the instrument.