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Various Arrangers: A Child is Born

Song NameArrangerVoicing
Rejoice, Rejoice, BelieversLarkin, MichaelSATB divisi
O Chief of Cities, BethlehemLaubengayer, PaulSATB divisi
El Rorro / A Christmas LullabyGrundahl, NancySATB
Mary Had a BabyOwens, Sam BattSATB
A Humble Young MaidenBurkhardt, MichaelSATB divisi
To Us a Child Is BornPhilip LawsonSATB divisi

'Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers' is an exciting arrangement of the Swedish folk tune, HAF TRONES LAMPA F€RDIG. Varied vocal textures (divisi sopranos and basses) are unified by the "Rejoice" fanfare. The Chant-like melodies of stanza 1 in 'O Chief of Cities, Bethlehem' evolve into a short canon. Contrasting sections in major reflect texts of stanzas 2 and 4, stanza 3 has exotic "Eastern" flavor, all culminating in a transcendent ending. Occasional mild dissonances are approached with easy voice-leading. Changing meters flow naturally from text and tune. The Mexican rocking carol, 'El Rorro / A Christmas lullaby' uses children's voices to tell the birth story in English, while the SATB choir sings the accompaniment in Spanish. Simple poignant soprano solo adds voice of mother rocking baby Jesus. Accessible setting flows with sweet-sounding harmonies and gentle, rocking pattern. Pronunciation and translation key are included. 'Mary Had a Baby' is a practical setting of the popular African-American spiritual. Includes "question/answer" (solo/choir) and "melody/accompaniment" Using the beautiful Isaiah 9:6 text, which speaks of the Child as Prince of Peace, Philip Lawson's (of King's Singers fame) 'To Us A Child Is Born' is a challenging yet beautiful anthem, written for the choir of Salisbury Cathedral in the U.K.

Item code: 9585B | Sheet Music | $9.95 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed 5-8 Parts | 50 Pages | Softcover | 7 x 10
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