Adam Carol

for SATB chorus & organ/piano

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, 3-part women, and solos by section. There is a gentle back-and-forth between measures set in 3/2 vs. 4/4.

According to the 1868 publication “Songs of the Nativity” by William H. Husk: “…The line in the second stanza, ‘As the lot fell unto me,’ alludes to the manner in which Joseph was miraculously pointed out as the husband of the Virgin by a flower budding forth from his rod and the Holy Ghost, in the form of a dove, descending thereon, as related in the Apocryphal Gospel of the Birth of Mary.”

An accompaniment arranged for piano (2-hand or 4-hand) is available directly from the composer at [email protected].

SKU: ROC-005 Categories: , Instrumentation:
Descriptive Tags:Carol, Celebratory, Christian, Liturgical text
Difficulty:Easy, Medium
Duration:5-10 Minutes
Instrumentation:Organ, Piano
Season or Event:Advent, Christmas


This title is available in print or for immediate download. For both options, there is a minimum required quantity of 8 copies for choral titles. Please support self-publishing composers by ordering the quantity according to the number of singers in the ensemble that will perform the work.

Print orders are printed on demand and shipped by our printing partner, and can be expected to be processed with a few days of the order. Please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] to follow up.


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