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for treble choir, a cappella & optional handbells (A4-E6)
ROM-9702
2'55"
Carol of the Seekers is a short, sweet, simple Christmas carol for treble voices, either a cappella or with handbells. The refrain’s joyous, cascading “Noël” suggests tintinnabulation, while the five verses offer a metaphysical interpretation of the Christmas story: like the shepherds and the wise men, all who seek the infant Jesus will find him […]
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10 Nativity Rounds for partnered voices
BKR-001
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
Latin
All vocal groups need short, portable items in their repertoire. A round is a melody which can unfold into harmony, the prime tool of choral directors who wish to develop in singers an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds build cohesion among singers and provide opportunities for improving ensemble, sight-reading, […]
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for TTBB, a cappella
ROM-9703
2'
Hailing from Dijon, France, poet and composer Bernard de La Monnoye (1641-1728) wrote a set of Christmas carols in his local Burgundian dialect. Noei Borguignon de Gui Barôzai (Gui Barôzai being de La Monnoye’s pseudonym) includes the familiar Christmas carol now known as Pat-a-pan. Originally titled “Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin”, today this carol is the […]
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for SSAB choir, a cappella, with optional hand drum
RDD-003
SSAB
2'30"
Latin
Personent Hodie is a Christmas carol originally published in the 1582 Finnish song book Piae Cantiones. A melody found in a 1360 German manuscript is highly similar, and it is from this manuscript that the music is usually dated. The carol became more prominent in England after being arranged for unison voices and orchestra in […]
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for SATB choir
RDD-002
SATB
0'30"
English
This is a small colection of original descants with complete or partial hymns. The descants are for Come, Thou long expected Jesus; O Come All Ye Faithful (descant and verse 5); Joy to the World; and See amid the Winter’s Snow (refrain with descant). ISMN 979-0-9025253-2-9
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for SATB choir a cappella (brief divisi, section or individual treble solo)
ROC-008
SATB
5'
English
This is a tuneful, contemporary setting of a multi-verse carol for choir a cappella using an original melody. It starts with a statement by the alto section and gradually adds parts and harmonic variations. The unusual time signature of 5/4 provides a lilt and propels the piece forward. All parts sing the melody along the […]
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for SATB chorus & organ/piano
ROC-005
SATB
5'
English
This carol was first published in 1833 in a collection entitled “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern”. William Sandys, a solicitor by day and music & manuscript collector by night, purportedly came across the tune in Devonshire, England. In this gentle setting from 1991 many colors of choral writing appear with sections for SATB, 3-part men, […]
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for SSATBB choir & organ/piano
ROC-004
SSATBB
6'
English
This carol was first published in 1833 in a collection entitled “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern”. William Sandys, a solicitor by day and music & manuscript collector by night, purportedly came across the tune in Devonshire, England. In this gentle setting from 1991 many colors of choral writing appear with sections for SATB, 3-part men, […]
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for SATB chorus & organ/piano
ROC-002
SATB
3'30"
English
This is a straightforward setting for choir and organ/keyboard of an Appalachian carol found by John Jacob Niles (1892-1980).  Niles was an American composer, singer, and collector of traditional ballads. He discovered this carol in Mayfield, Kentucky in 1933. Niles was an important influence on the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, […]
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for SATB choir with organ or orchestra
GTT-028
SATB
5' 40"
English
“Prelude and Cherubic Hymn” was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, to mark the 25th anniversary of their annual Advent services held in Berlin Cathedral. It was performed by joint choirs, drawn from students, parents and faculty, and choir members of the American Church in Berlin on 29 November 2017. The piece […]
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for treble choir
GTT-031
4' 40"
The familiar words, “It came upon a midnight clear”, are set to a lively tune, with piano accompaniment, and a simple refrain is added, with the words “Deo, Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo” (“Glory to God in the highest”). Written with women’s voices in mind, it could also be tackled by a good children’s choir.
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for choir (SATB with divisions) + organ, piano or orchestra
GTT-030
5' 20"
Forget the traditional setting of “We thee kings of Orient are”! This is a much more reflective version, for choir and orchestra, given its first performance by the Nidarosdomens Guttekor in the splendid setting of Trondheim Cathedral in December 2017. They also performed the piece on their pre-Christmas tour, using just organ for accompaniment. The […]
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for SATB choir with piano
RMS-002
4'40"
“Lo, a Rose,” arranged for SATB choir and piano, is a somber, contemplative setting of the incarnation of Christ described in the traditional German carol, “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”. This arrangement is moderately easy but allows good musicianship to shine. The light and delicate accompaniment, with hauntingly beautiful harmonies, directs the focus onto the […]
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for children's choir and piano
GTT-025b
This very simple Christmas song is aimed at younger children. It is in unison throughout, apart from a brief optional descant part near the end. Accompaniment is for piano, and a few simple percussion instruments may be added if desired. As the original version (GTT-025a) refers directly to Christ’s Nativity, I have also been asked […]
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for children's choir and piano
GTT-025a
2' 45"
This very simple Christmas song is aimed at younger children. It is in unison throughout, apart from a brief optional descant part near the end. Accompaniment is for piano, and a few simple percussion instruments may be added if desired. This is the original version (GTT-025a), which refers directly to Christ’s Nativity, and is suitable […]
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for soprano/tenor solo, mixed chorus and piano
CHR-1605
SATB
3' 54"
English
A setting of words by Eric Gosney, When Love came to the world is an original carol suitable for use in either services or concerts. Its four verses talk of the response to Christ’s Nativity of the sleeping, unprepared world, the shepherds, the Magi and ourselves today. It is set for SATB choir with Tenor […]
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for mixed choir, SATB with some divisions
GTT-024
SATB
3'
English
This new setting of the Christmas/Epiphany words, “As with gladness, men of old did the guiding star behold” seeks to emphasize the joyful nature of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. Set in a lively 7/8 time, it is mainly in four parts (SATB), although the 3rd verse, “As they offered gifts most rare” […]
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for mixed & children's choirs and orchestra
GTT-023
SATB
SSATTBB
Unison
6' 30"
English
  ‘Rejoice! A Christmas Fanfare’ was written as the opening number for a series of four Christmas Concerts held in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in December 2015. As a number of youth choirs and a community chorus were taking part in these concerts, they were all involved individually and jointly in the piece, which was built […]
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for Mixed choir, flute, tambourine
RBT-009
SATB
3'
English
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