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Sussex Carol

Music by Traditional and Luke Wadding

The "Sussex Carol" is a Christmas carol popular in Britain, sometimes referred to by its first line "On Christmas night all Christians sing". Its words were first published by Luke Wadding, a 17th-century Irish bishop, in a work called Small Garland of Pious and Godly Songs (1684). It is unclear whether Wadding wrote the song or was recording an earlier composition

    Release Date: 1684


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Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Carols from King's - 60th Anniversary Edition : DVD : 822231701323 : CKGC13DVD

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Carols from King's - 60th Anniversary Edition

Enjoyed in millions of British homes each Christmas eve, Carols from King's is an enchanting hour and a half of choral worship, always beginning with a lone chorister singing Gauntlett's reverent Once in Royal David's City and concluding with the triumphant Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. This DVD release includes the full 2014 service along with an hour-long BBC documentary narrated by Juliet Stevenson detailing the history of this central component of the British Christmas tradition since 1954. The documentary provides insight into the tradition of selecting the soloists, what goes on behind the scenes, what life is like for a chorister in the Choir, and the impact these experiences have on generations of choristers.

Songlist: Once in royal David's city, Up! good Christen folk Piae Cantiones, A tender shoot O Goldschmidt, Sussex Carol , Stille Nacht , In the bleak mid-winter, It came upon the midnight clear, Gabriel's message, A spotless Rose, Joys seven, God rest you merry, gentlemen, Ding! dong! merrily on high, Noel nouvelet, I saw three ships, The Three Kings, A babe is born, God is with us, Hark! the herald-angels sing, Von Himmel hoch

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7549dvd | DVD | $18.95


Ben Parry : The Essential Carol Singer : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780571525126 : 12-0571525121

Ben Parry : The Essential Carol Singer

The Essential Carol Singer provides the solution to the endless problem of too many books and not enough hands. It includes thirty of the most popular carols in one book, all SATB, unaccompanied, with no divisi. This pocket-sized, lightweight volume is easy to read and the short score layout allows for optional accompaniment if required. All the carols are arranged in alphabetical order for ease of use, with one carol per page. Offering simple arrangements in practical keys, The Essential Carol Singer is every singer's companion for Christmas. Selected and edited by former long-time Swingle Singer Ben Parry.

Songlist: Angels From The Realms Of Glory, Away In A Manger, Boar's Head Carol, Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly, Ding! Dong! Merrily On High, The First Nowell, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Good King Wenceslas, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Here We Come A-Wassiling, The Holly And The Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, In The Bleak Midwinter, Infant Holy, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Jingle Bells, Joy The World, Now The Holly Bears A Berry, O Christmas Tree, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Once In Royal David's City, Sans Day Carol, See, Amid The Winter's Snow, Silent Night, Sussex Carol, Unto Us Is Born A Child, We Three Kings Of Orient Point Are, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 9127b | Songbook | $5.95 | A Cappella


Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs SSAA : SSAA : 01 Songbook : Bob Chilcott : 9780193532328

Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs SSAA

Bob Chilcott and Susan Knight have searched the globe for vibrant, exciting music representing a wide range of choral traditions and styles-from a powerful arrangement of an old Armenian hymn to a percussive Dominican "villancico," a carol in the style of Nigerian art music, a Polish folk carol, a new arrangement of popular Canadian carol, and much more besides. Each piece may be sung in its original language or in English, and pronunciation guides are provided for those who wish to sing the original texts. This collection will help to refresh the repertoire of choirs the world over, with most pieces suitable for choirs of all sizes and abilities.

Songlist: Looys parats (The Light of Glory), An Australian Christmas, Oi Bethleem! (O Bethlehem!), Omnes nu laet ons gode loven (Now Let Us All Praise God), Acalentando Jesus (Sleep, little Savior), The Huron Carol, Notre divin Maitre (Our master, Lord Jesus), Cantemos a Maria (Let us sing to Mary), Nuud ole, Jeesus, kiidetud (Now blessed by thou, Christ Jesu), On lapsi syntynyt meille (A Son to us is given), Vieux Noel pour les Tout-petits (Awake, awake!), Nikolauslied (St Nicholas Song), Pastoral (Angels Bright), Jol, Oigbhean a chanaim (I sing of a maiden), The Divine Image, Ju nashuhtdah (Jesus is born), Sudrabina lietins lija (See the silver rain is falling), Indigo I, Amuworo ayi otu nwa (For unto us a child is born), Det hev ei rose sprunge (A spotless rose), Tarice-lamance w cudownej stajence (Joyous Dances), Susa ninna, Ett Nyfott Barn (A Newborn Child), Auf, ihr Hirten, von dem Schlaf (Wake up shephers from your sleep), Sussex Carol, Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, Who is the baby?, Ananaya, nanay (Christmas Carol)

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Voicing: SSAA | 9411b | Songbook | $21.95 | Primarily a cappella


Bob Chilcott : Carols Vol 2 : SATB : 01 Songbook : Bob Chilcott : 9780193365070

Bob Chilcott : Carols Vol 2

Previously published under the title Gaudete!, this collection has been re-covered to complement Bob Chilcott's first Christmas choral anthology. From the simple, understated beauty of 'Away in a manger' to the exuberant jazz waltz version of 'We wish you a merry Christmas', this volume takes a fresh look at classics of the Christmas repertoire.

Songlist: Away in a manger, Coventry Carol , Gaudete!, Il est ne, le divin enfant, Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, Jingle, Bells, Still, still, still, Sussex Carol, We wish you a merry Christmas, What child is this?

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Voicing: SATB | 7065b | Songbook | $15.95


Bob Chilcott & David Blackwell : Carols for Choirs 5 : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193373563 : 9780193373563

Bob Chilcott & David Blackwell : Carols for Choirs 5

Carols for Choirs 5 continues the tradition of its predecessors by providing a complete resource for choirs from Advent through to Epiphany. Featuring brand new carols and arrangements of classic tunes, the collection showcases the very best established and new names in choral composition today.

Songlist: A Heavenly Song, A little child there is yborn, A Patre Unigenitus, Adam lay ybounden, Away in a manger (UK tune), Away in a manger (US tune), Blest Mary wanders through the thorn, Candlelight Carol, Carol, Ding dong! merrily on high, Glory to the Christ Child, God rest you merry, gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Hark! the herald-angels sing, Hush! my dear, I saw a stable, I saw three ships, I sing of a maiden, In dulci jubilo, It came upon the midnight clear (UK tune), It came upon the midnight clear (US tune), Joy to the world!, Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming, Lullay, my liking, My Lord has Come, New Year, O come, all ye faithful, O come, O come, Emmanuel, O little town, Old Christmas Returned (or Hospitality Revived), and more

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Voicing: SATB | 5689b | Songbook | $22.95 | A Cappella


David Willcocks : A Celebration in Carols  : SATB : 01 Songbook : David Willcocks : 9780193405011

David Willcocks : A Celebration in Carols

Sir David Willcocks: A Celebration in Carols marks the 95th birthday of one of the most acclaimed choral conductors, editors, and arrangers of our time. A survey of his work, the collection brings together many of Willcocks's best-loved carol arrangements, spanning his career as co-editor of Carols for Choirs and as conductor of the UK's finest choirs. It includes a selection of his original compositions too, and gives an overview of the styles and traditions that have enhanced the Christmas musical experience of thousands of singers and listeners. As an affectionate birthday tribute, A Celebration also includes specially-commissioned new carols by John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, and Jonathan Willcocks.

Songlist: Away in a manger, I saw three ships, O come, all ye faithful, Sussex Carol, Infant holy, infant lowly, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Hark! the herald-angels sing, Quelle est cette odeur agreable?, Gabriel's Message, Birthday Carol, Resonemus laudibus, Jingle, Bells , Lullay, my liking, High Word of God, eternal Light , Starry night, Rejoice and sing!, Nowell, nowell , There is no rose

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Voicing: SATB | 2712b | Songbook | $13.95


David Willcocks (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 4 : SSAA Upper : 01 Songbook : David Willcocks : 9780193535732

David Willcocks (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 4

The volumes of Carols for Choirs have established themselves as the quintessential carol books for carol-singers around the world. Each volume presents a wide range of carols to suit every occasion, from well-known tunes superbly arranged to the best original compositions. Featuring upper voice versions of arrangements from the classic "Carols for Choirs" series of songbooks.

Songlist: A Merry Christmas, A New Year Carol, A Virgin Most Pure, Adeste Fidelis, Angels, from Realms of glory, Angelus ad Virginem, As with gladness men of old (congregational version), Away in a manger, Born in a Stable so bare, The cherry tree carol, Coventry Carol, Deck The Hall, Ding-dong ding, Ding dong! merrily on high, Donkey Carol, Donkey riding over the bumpy road, The first Nowell, Gabriel to Mary came, Gabriels Message, God rest you merry, gentlemen (congregational version), God rest you merry, gentlemen (unaccompanied version), going through the hills, Good King Wenceslas, Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary, Hark the herald angels sing (Congregational Version), Hark the herald angels sing (Unaccompanied version), He smiles within his cradle, Here we bring new water, The Holly and the ivy, How far is it to bethlehem, and more

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Voicing: SSAA Upper | 9092b | Songbook | $22.95 | Primarily a cappella


Howard Goodall : Enchanted Carols : SSA : 01 Songbook :               : 12-0571535615

Howard Goodall : Enchanted Carols

Howard Goodall's beautiful Enchanted Carols is an exciting collection of six original Christmas carols, as well as interpretations of traditional carols, arranged for upper voices. Enchanted Carols is the second dedicated album from the Classic FM composer in residence, and follows the chart-topping CD, Enchanted Voices. This product contains the full collection of 17 carols, arranged for upper voices with piano/organ accompaniment. Howard Goodall is an EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music stage, musicals, film and TV scores and a highly respected broadcaster. He is currently Composer-in-Residence for the British radio station, Classic FM, and is also England's National Ambassador for Singing.

Songlist: The First Nowell, Angels From The Realms of Glory, Gaudette, O Little Town of Bethlehem, In Dulci Jubilo, Sussex Carol, The Angel Gabriel, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, The Wise Men and The Star, The Angel and the Virgin, From Lands That See The Sun Arise, The World Was Made of Flesh, Lullaby of Winter, A Child There Is Y-Born, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Puer Nobis

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Voicing: SSA | 7288b | Songbook | $15.95


Hywel Davies : Holiday Carols for SAB Choirs : SAB : Songbook : 888680949587 : 48024661

Hywel Davies : Holiday Carols for SAB Choirsnew

Here are four classic Christmas carols skillfully arranged for the concert stage, worship anthems or caroling in your neighborhood. These are not set in a traditional hymn style but rather graced with polyphony and counterpoint.

Songlist: Deck The Hall, Hark The Herald, Sussex Carol, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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Voicing: SAB | 7768b | Songbook | $2.75 | A Cappella


Reginald Jacques (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 1 : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193532229

Reginald Jacques (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 1

The volumes of Carols For Choirs have established themselves as the quintessential carol books for carol singimng around the world. Each volume presents a wide range of carols to suit every occasion, from well-known tunes superbly arranged to the best original compositions. 50 carols for mixed choir, including full text of the traditional Nine Lessons printed as an Appendix.

Songlist: A Boy Was Born, A Christmas Carol , A Great And Mighty Wonder, A Merry Christmas, A Virgin Most Pure, Adeste Fideles, All Men Draw Near, And There Were Shepards, Angels From The Realms Of Glory, As With Gladness Men Of Old, Away In A Manager, Blessed Be That Maid Mary, Blessed Son Of God, Boar's Head Carol, Crol, With Lullaby, Coventry Carol, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, The First Noel, Gallery Carol, Girls And Boys, Leave Your Toys, Gloucestershire Wassail, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, A Great And Mighty Wonder, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Holly And The Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 9088b | Songbook | $22.98 | Primarily a cappella


Rob Millet : Five Christmas Carols : SATB divisi : Songbook : 728215034510 : 1495086542 : 08763201

Rob Millet : Five Christmas Carols

This collection of five familiar carols for mixed chorus with divisi might be used together or separately. Two of the works are accompanied by piano and three are unaccompanied. Try them for concert use, for lessons and carols, or in a worship setting. Duration - 12:22.

Songlist: Wexford Carol, Sussex Carol , Once in a Royal David City, Coventry Carol, Masters in This Hall

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 40487b | Songbook | $8.95


Richard Walters : 15 Easy Christmas Carol Arrangements - Low Voice : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088085018 : 1423413377 : 00000460

Richard Walters : 15 Easy Christmas Carol Arrangements - Low Voice

Fresh arrangements for first and second year voice students, with intermediate level piano parts. Beyond educational use, it goes without saying that carols make excellent church solos.

Songlist: Away in a Manger, Coventry Carol, The First Noel, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice, He Is Born, In the Bleak Midwinter, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, It Came upon the Midnight Clear, Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine, O Come, Little Children, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Once in Royal David's City, Silent Night, Still, Still, Still, Sussex Carol

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Voicing: Solo | 5145b | Songbook & CD | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Richard Walters : 15 Easy Christmas Carol Arrangements - High Voice : Solo : Songbook & CD : 884088085001 : 1423413369 : 00000459

Richard Walters : 15 Easy Christmas Carol Arrangements - High Voice

These fresh arrangements were designed especially for the needs of the progressing student in traditional/classical voice study.

Songlist: Away In Manger, Coventry Carol, The First Noel, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice, He Is Born, In The Bleak Midwinter, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, It Came Across a Midnight Clear, Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine, O Come, Little Children, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Once In Royal David's City, Silent Night, Still, Still, Still, Sussex Carol

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Voicing: Solo | 8576b | Songbook & CD | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


American Repertory Singers : Silent Night : 00  1 CD : Leo Nestor

American Repertory Singers : Silent Night

An extraordinary set of carol arrangements. As in the case with virtually all of Daron Hagen's music, he takes the listener on an unusual journey, frequently only alluding to tunes or portions of tunes already more than familiar to the listener. As one would expect of a composer who has devoted so much of his life to vocal music and the relationship between music and text, surprising things occur.

Songlist: Lullay, O Come, O Come, Emmauel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen/O Come, Emmanuel, Silent Night, Once in Royal David's City, Sussex Carol, What Child Is This?, At Bethlehem Proper, Hosanna

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8593c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Primarily a cappella


Cantamus : Noel : 00  1 CD : Pamela Cook

Cantamus : Noel

Founder Pamela Cook directs Cantamus, based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK, her 40 hand picked singers, girls age 13 to 19, in a generous, finely-crafted Christmas collection of 19 songs. Just a quick listen to John Rutter's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," and accompanist Michael Neaum's arrangements of "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear," and we know what a treat "Noel" is going to be! Mostly accompanied by piano, flute and other instruments, there are few sounds as joyous and welcoming at Christmas than these soaring, spirited young voices singing favorites like "Patapan," "Stille Nacht," "White Christmas," "Riu, Riu Chiu" and "Away in a Manger;" and lesser-known tunes like "I Sing of a Maiden," "Lullay Myn Lyking," "Midwinter" and "Pastorcito Santo." Treat yourself and your loved ones to "Noel," a true musical Christmas gift!

Songlist: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, The Little Drummer Boy, Do You Hear What I Hear?, I Sing of a Maiden, A Maiden Most Gentle, Patapan, Midwinter, Riu, Riu, Chiu, Pastorcito Santo, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, What Child is This?, The Lily and the Rose, Sussex Carol, Stille Nacht, Mary's Lullaby, Lullay Myn Lyking, Away in a Manger, The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, White Christmas

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Children's Chorus of Washington : Concert Chorus 2006 - 2007 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk

Children's Chorus of Washington : Concert Chorus 2006 - 2007

The CCW is recognized as one of the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and comprises four performing ensembles, Treble Chorus, Bel Canto Chorus, Chamber Chorus and the 72-strong Concert Chorus. In all, 170 young mixed-voice singers, ages 9-17, who hail from many different communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, are members of the four choruses. The Chorus is directed by highly acclaimed and awarded (including Outstanding Arts Educator in the U.S.) Founder and Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk. Favorites among the 23 mostly accompanied songs are Brunner's "Jubilate Deo," Palestrina's "Salve Regina," Reger's "Maria Wiegenlied," Chilcott's "Hey! Now," Leavitt's "Ose Shalom," Hairston's "Mary's Little Boy Child," the world premier of Barnwell's "Discovered," Copland's "I Bought Me A Cat" and "Ching-Ring Chaw;" and the combined choruses with legendary Sweet Honey in the Rock, singing Barnwell's "Wanting Memories" and "We Are," Kahlil's "Fulani Chant" and Johnson Reagon's "Ella's Song." A wonderful collection from one of America's great children's choral ensembles

Songlist: Gaudete, Jubilate Deo, Salve Regina, Sussex Carol, There Is No Rose, Maria Wiegenlied ( The Virgin's Slumber Song), Deck the Halls in 7/8, Hey! Now, Ose Shalom, Mary's Little Boy Child, Silver Bells, Gloria Tibi from "Mass", St. Leopold Mass - Kyrie, St. Leopold Mass - Gloria, Discovered (World Premiere) , Praise His Holy Name, Old American Songs- I Bought Me A Cat, Old American Songs- Simple Gifts, Old American Songs- Ching-Ring Chaw, Wanting Memories, Fulani Chant, We Are, Ella's Song

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Children's Chorus of Washington : 2002 - 2003 Season : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk

Children's Chorus of Washington : 2002 - 2003 Season

This live recording of the Concert Chorus from Children's Chorus of Washington, led by Joan Gregoryk with accompanist Donald Cotton, features pieces from the 2002 holiday and 2003 spring concerts. Selections include "Personent Hodie," arranged by Rutter, "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," arranged by Emerson, "Salut Printemps," by Debussy, "My Heart's in the Highlands," by Bisbee and "O Sapo," by Hatfield. Several pieces from the Holiday concert are accompanied by brass choir. The choir also sings five numbers in combination with the treble chorus.

Songlist: Holiday Concert:(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), God Bless the Master (Concert Chorus:), Personet Hodie, Sussex Carol , Ave Maria, Lullaby (from the Cantata "Hodie") (Williams), Schlof Main Kind , Light the Legend , The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy (Spiritual / (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), An Irving Berlin Christmas , An American Anthem(Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Salut Printemps (Concert Chorus:), Der Neugierge, Blagoslovi Dushe Moya (Bless the Lord, O My Soul), My Heart's in the Highlands , Las Amarillas , When I Was in My Prime , For Elizabeth: Gold, Frank Innocence and Mirth , Let Wildness Sing , Can You Hear? , O Sapo, (Combined Concert and Treble Choruses:), Here's To Song, An American Anthem

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7257c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella


Children's Chorus of Washington : Sing Joyfully - Holiday Concert Highlights 2001-2005 : 00  1 CD : Joan Gregoryk

Children's Chorus of Washington : Sing Joyfully - Holiday Concert Highlights 2001-2005

Founder and Conductor Joan Gregoryk's singers bring us another impressive, lightly accompanied Christmas collection. Especially fine are Benjamin Britten's 4-part "Ceremony of Carols, John Rutter's "Jesus Child," the Rutter-arranged "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" and "Personent Hodie;" standards "O Holy Night," "Away in a Manger," "Sussex Carol" and "O Come All ye Faithful;" audience sing-along "Al Shlosha d'Varim," "This is the Truth" (sung by the combined Concert and Treble Choruses) and many others. Simply beautiful!

Songlist: Make We Merry, Ceremony Of Carols, Lullabye, Jesus Child, O Holy Night, Light The Legend, What Sweeter Music, The Virgin Had A Baby Boy, Hatikva, Jubilate Deo, Away In A Manger, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Personent Hodie, Sussex Carol, El Cielo Canta Alegria, This Is The Truth, Al Shlosha D'Varim , O Come All Ye Faithful

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8652c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella


Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Essential Carols : 00  2 CDs : David Willcocks : DCAB000530202.2

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Essential Carols

Another fine collection of Christmas carols from the Anglican tradition.Some albums are tailor-made for Christmas Eve listening, the cozy musical equivalent of a roaring fire, a mug of eggnog, and the bright lights on the tree. The morning of Christmas Day requires something else entirely, and that's when this set of Essential Carols from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, will fit the bill, with the angelically pure voices of young British choristers blending to the strains of traditional carols both familiar and little-known. This is Christmas music sung the old-fashioned way, its simplicity and spiritual warmth not compromised by big operatic voices or pop personalities. Recorded under the direction of David Willcocks between 1959 and '65, these performances sound truly timeless today, and no matter how knowledgeable you are about Christmas music, you'll find some surprises among these 38 carols.

Songlist: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, While shepherds watched their flocks by night, I Saw Three Ships, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, King Jesus Hath A Garden , In dulci jubilo, Unto Us Is Born A Son, O Come, All Ye Faithful , Away in a manger , O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Holly and the Ivy, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, See Amid the Winter's Snow, Past Three O'clock, Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), Adam Lay Y Bounden, Gabriel's Message, Once in Royal David's City, Sussex Carol, Little Jesus Sweetly Sleep, Rejoice and Be Merry, The Cherry Tree Carol, The Three Kings, As With Gladness, Men of Old, A Great And Mighty Wonder, The infant King , Balulalow, Legend (When Jesus Christ was but a child), Christ was born on Christmas day, and more

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge : A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols : 00  2 CDs : Stephen Cleobury : EMC73693.2

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918. It was planned by Eric Milner-White, who at the age of thirty-four had just been appointed Dean of King's after experience as an army chaplain which had convinced him that the Church of England needed more imaginative worship. (He devised our Advent Carol Service in 1934, and was a liturgical pioneer and authority during his twenty two years as Dean of York.) The choir included sixteen trebles as laid down in King Henry VI's statutes, but until 1927 the men's voices were provided partly by Choral Scholars and partly by older Lay Clerks, and not, as now, by fourteen undergraduates. Almost immediately other churches adapted the service for their own use. A wider frame began to grow when the service was first broadcast in 1928 and, with the exception of 1930, it has been broadcast annually, even during the Second World War. Sometime in the early 1930s the BBC began broadcasting the service on overseas programmes. It is estimated that there are millions of listeners worldwide, including those to Radio Four in the United Kingdom. In recent years it has become the practice to broadcast a digital recording on Christmas Day on Radio Three, and since 1963 a shorter service has been filmed periodically for television.

Songlist: Once In Royal David's City, Bidding Prayer, Up! Good Christen Folk And Listen, The Truth From Above, First Lesson, Adam LAy Ybounden, Second Lesson, Sussex Carol, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Third Lesson, In Dulci Jubilo, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Fourth Lesson, A Tender Shoot, The Lamb, Fifth Lesson, Joy's Seven, Gabriel's Lesson, Sixth Lesson, Dormi Jesu, Riu Riu Chiu, Seventh Lesson, The Fayrfax Carol, While Shepards Watched, Eighth Lesson, I Saw Three Ships, Illuminare Jerusalem, Ninth Lesson, O Come All Ye Faithful, Prayer And Blessing, and more

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Classic Christmas Carols : 00  2 CDs : EMC15086.2

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Classic Christmas Carols

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge has always been synonymous with Christmas -- from the yearly television broadcast of their Lessons and Carols service to their numerous best-selling albums of Christmas songs and masses. EMI Classics is proud to present a 2-CD compilation of their greatest Christmas carol recordings.

Songlist: Once in royal David's city , Ding Dong! Merrily on high, O come, all ye faithful, The Holly and the Ivy, Hark! the herald angels sing, Silent Night, While shepherds watched, In the bleak midwinter, God rest you merry, gentlemen, The Lamb, Angels, from the realms of glory, Adam lay ybounden, The Three Kings, I saw a maiden, Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing?, Quem pastores laudavere, Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, A maiden most gentle, A Spotless Rose, Sans Day Carool, I wonder as I wander, The Cherry Tree Carol, I sing of a maiden, Gabriel's Message, Personent hodie, The First Nowell, In dulci jubilo, O little town of Bethlehem, I saw three ships, It came upon the midnight clear, and more

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8989c | 2 CDs | $11.95 | Some a cappella


Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Christmas-time Carols : 00  1 CD : David Willcocks : 4079

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Christmas-time Carols

The earliest 15th century carols were based on simple folk melodies, with texts added representing Christmas ideas, but it was a long gap then until the Victorians, followed shortly by great 20th Century composers (Vaughan Williams, Holst etc), developed the wonderful catalogue of choral enjoyment that we enjoy here today.

Songlist: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Invitatory, While Shepherds Watched, Adam Lay Ybounden, Once in Royal David's City, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing By, Gabriel's Message, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Sussex Carol, In Dulci Jubilo, Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles), Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, Come Thou Redeemer, Twas in the Year that King Uzziah Died, Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding, A Spotless Rose, I Sing of a Maiden, Remember O Thou Man, On Jordan's Bank, Up! Awake!, King Jesus Hath a Garden, The Blessed Son of God, O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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22147c | 1 CD | $12.95


Chorus Angelicus : Christmas Angelicus : 00  1 CD : Paul Halley : JN103

Chorus Angelicus : Christmas Angelicus

This CD is a lovely assortment of familiar Christmas carols. The opening carol, "Once in Royal David's City" with soloist Maribeth Diggle is especially nice as voices are gradually added until the full choir is singing. Most pieces are a cappella with a few accompanied by organ. Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus are both directed by Paul Halley. The combination of the children's and adult choirs creates a beautiful sound. This is a delightful treat for Christmas.

Songlist: Once In Royal David's City, Torches, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, Joys Seven, Huron Carol, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, The First Nowell, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Nativity Carol, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Lo, How A Rose E'Er Blooming, Personent Hodie, There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, O Come, All Ye Faithful, I Sing Of A Maiden, Sussex Carol, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Sir Christmas, Hark The Herald Angels Sing

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7238c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Accompanied


Concordia Choir : O Holy Night : 00  1 CD : Rene Clausen : 2502

Concordia Choir : O Holy Night

On the cover of "O Holy Night" we see an awesome giant Christmas mural, with the huge Concordia Choir in front of it, and The Concordia Orchestra in the foreground. This massive Christmas celebration has been an annual event for many years, and it just keeps getting bigger and better. 24 songs, with spoken parts, all accompanied, some familiar ("Angels We Have Heard On High," "O Holy Night," "Joy to the World"), some unfamiliar ( "Of the Father's Love Begotten," "Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah," "Calm on the Listening Ear of Night"), but together in sequence they magnificently tell the Christmas story. "O Holy Night" is a triumph, one of the best of the year!

Songlist: Prelude On How Brightly Shines the Morning Star , Of the Father's Love Begotten, Angels We Have Heard On High , O Holy Night , There Is No Rose of Such Virtue , Light Everlasting , Lost In the Night , Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah , Vene Sanctus Spiritus , All My Heart This Night Rejoices , Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day , He Is Born , Before the Marvel of this Night, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice! , Calm On the Listening Ear of Night , Twelfth Night , How Great Our Joy , Nowell Sing We, Both All and Some , Infant Holy, Infant Lowly , Sussex Carol, Jeg er saa glad , Go, Tell It On the Mountain , Psalm 150 , Joy To the World, Compline

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6824c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella


Huddersfield Choral Society : The Carols Album : 00  1 CD : Joseph Cullen : SIGCD108

Huddersfield Choral Society : The Carols Album

Recorded in Huddersfield Town Hall in January 2007, the Huddersfield Choral Society is back in force with a magnificent collection of Christmas carols. This CD will be a perfect Christmas gift or glorious self-indulgence, absorbing the sacred and profane alike, beautifully performed and recorded for the festive season.

Songlist: Hark the herald angels sing, Gaudete, Gabriel's Message, O little town of Bethlehem, Coventry Carol, In Excelsis Gloria, Silent night, Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing, Angels, from the realms of glory, Ave maria, Joy to the world, the Lord is come!, Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, Unto us a boy is born, Love came down at Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, The Holly and the Ivy, O holy night, In the bleak midwinter, Ding dong! merrily on high, It came upon the midnight clear, Hail! Smiling Morn, Sussex Carol, Of the Father's heart begotten, Away in a manger, I saw three ships, Christians Awake

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8661c | 1 CD | $17.95


Michigan State Children's Choir : A Classic Christmas : 00  1 CD : Mary Alice Stollak

Michigan State Children's Choir : A Classic Christmas

The MSU Children's Choir program began in 1993 with the founding of the MSU Community Music School. The program now has 145 singers representing 23 different school districts and communities. The Choir has been honored to perform at the 2002 6th World Symposium on Choral Music as the representative of the US, and at numerous conventions of the ACDA. Mary Alice Stollak directs the talented Choir in 12 exquisite (mostly organ accompanied) Christmas carols and a pair of sacred pieces, Bach's sublime "Ave Maria" and "Alleluia." There's some rarely heard French carols, "Manger Carol" and "Oh, Leave Your Sheep," English and Irish traditional carols, "Wexford Carol" and "Sussex Carol," and traditional German, "Still, Still, Still;" in additional to "Joy to the World," "Silent Night" and others. The Choir has a sweet, bright sound that makes "A Classic Christmas" a very special album.

Songlist: Joy To The World, Manger Carol, Ave Maria, Wexford Carol, Oh, Leave Your Sheep, Silent Night, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Alleluia, Sussex Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, Still, Still, Still, O Come, All Ye Faithful

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7924c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella


Mormon Tabernacle Choir with The King's Singers : Rejoice and Be Merry! : 00  1 CD : 5007325

Mormon Tabernacle Choir with The King's Singers : Rejoice and Be Merry!

"Rejoice and Be Merry!" is the 2007 Christmas concert recorded in Salt Lake City by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and special guests, The King's Singers. Recorded in high-definition video and 5.1 Surround Sound, this CD is a smorgasborg for the ears. These massive concerts, given as a free gift to the community each year, and broadcast by PBS, are both joyful and reverential. This CD offers the full experience of the concert, with a 'you-are-there' viewpoint and behind the scenes interviews that can be viewed again and again. The choir is joined by the 120-member Orchestra at Temple Square, as well as The Bells at Temple Square, plus a score of dancers who perform an opening processional, and take part in the charming, complete presentation of "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" which has to be seen to be believed.

Songlist: Rejoice And Be Merry, The First Nowell, Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly, El Nino Querido, La Peregrinacion, Riu, Riu, Chiu, Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, One December, Bright And Clear, O Holy Night, Sussex Carol, Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow!, Little Drummer Boy, Jingle Bells, I Saw Three Ships, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, What Child Is This?, The Christmas Story: Luke 2, Angels, From The Realms Of Glory

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Performed by King's Singers | 8947c | 1 CD | $15.95


Northwest Boychoir : Our Finest Gifts : 00  1 CD : Joseph Crnko

Northwest Boychoir : Our Finest Gifts

This splendid recording of 15 traditional Christmas songs and carols displays the impressive vocal talents of the members of the Northwest Boychoir and the young men and women of Vocalpoint! Seattle. Released in 1994, this is the third holiday album recorded and produced under the direction of Joseph Crnko with Nathaniel Papadakis. With this album, the choirs have worked to recreate the splendor and magic of their annual Festival of Lessons & Carols presentations. To capture the distinct quality of the boychoir sound, the choirs recorded on location at West Seattle's beautiful Holy Rosary Church. Every effort was taken to retain the breathtaking resonance of Holy Rosary. To add to the beauty of this recording, the choirs are accompanied by musicians from Seattle's leading orchestras and chamber groups. The result is a rich, vibrant recording that fully reveals the talents of these ensembles.

Songlist: Carol Of The Drum, Do You Hear What I Hear, Sussex Carol, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, The Birds, Carol Of The Bells, Past Three O'clock, Adam Lay Ybounden, We Three Kings, Silent Night, There Is No Rose, Christmas Lullaby, Joys Seven, O Holy Night, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

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7918c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


Oxford New College Choir : Carols from New College : 00  1 CD : Edward Higginbottom : CRR 3443

Oxford New College Choir : Carols from New College

The University of Oxford's world famous choir performs a selection of famous and lesser-known carols.

Songlist: O come all ye faithful, Adam Lay Y Bounden, Out of your sleep, The angel Gabriel, A Spotless Rose, Ding dong merrily on high, In the bleak midwinter, The holly and the ivy, I wonder as I wander, A babe is born , Sussex carol, This is the truth, A Virgin most pure, Here is the little door, Alleluya a new work is come on hand, Lully lulla thou tiny little child, In dulci jubilo, There is no rose , Rocking carol , Wassail Carol, Once in royal David's city

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9170c | 1 CD | $15.95


Seattle Children's Chorus : A Candlelight Christmas : 00  1 CD : Kris Mason

Seattle Children's Chorus : A Candlelight Christmas

Founder and artistic director of the SCC Kris Mason directs her talented charges in a lovely, sumptuous holiday collection, "A Candlelight Christmas." Approximately 200 choristers are enrolled in the Chorus, which offers choral training on several different levels. These 16 live songs are performed by the Training Chorus ("O Come Little Children," "Once in Royal David's City," "Dormi, Dormi"); the Intermediate Chorus ("Little Red Bird," "Riu, Riu Chiu," "The Little Drummer Boy"); the Chamber Singers ("Hodie, Christus natus est," Clean as the Wind," "Rocking" and "Sussex Carol"), and the Combined Choruses ("Candlelight Carol," "Hallelu!," "The Lord Bless You and Keep You"). The other 13 songs are performed by the Performing Chorus. Some favorites are "A Ceremony of Carols," "Procession," "There is no Rose," "That yonge Child," "Balulalow," "This little Babe," "In Freezing Winter Night" and "Deo Gracias." What could be better than listening to the sweet voices of finely-trained young singers to celebrate the birth of the Christ child?

Songlist: A Ceremony of Carols, O Come, Little Children, Once in Royal David's City, Dormi, Dormi, Hodie, Christus natus est, Clean as the Wind, Rocking, Sussex Carol, Little Red Bird, Riu, Riu Chiu, The Little Drummer Boy, Christmas Lullaby, Song of the Crib, Candlelight Carol, Hallelu, The Lord Bless You and Keep You

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8977c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella


St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Christmas Carols from St. John's : 00  1 CD : George Guest : 6670

St John's College Choir, Cambridge : Christmas Carols from St. John's

A fine selection of traditional English Christmas carols sung impeccable by the venerable English choir under the direction of George Guest.

Songlist: Unto Us a Boy Is Born, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, Balulalow, Holly and the Ivy, In the Bleak Mid-Winter, Sussex Carol, I Sing of a Maiden, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Silent Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Good King Wenceslas, There Is No Rose, Two Welsh Carols, Away in a Manger, O Come, All Ye Faithful

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8695c | 1 CD | $9.95 | Some a cappella


Tenebrae : Dream of Herod - Christmas and Advent Music : 00  1 CD : Nigel Short : 046

Tenebrae : Dream of Herod - Christmas and Advent Music

The Dream of Herod traces an evolution from dark, brooding introspection to dawning effulgence. Torment and inner violence make way for the mystery of forgiveness and hope in a succession of six brief scenes. Herod, a ruthless, blood-stained king is condemned to restless reflection on the genocide he has inflicted on his own people. Uncertain whether he is lost in sleep or wakefulness, he witnesses a procession of figures that distil the essence of his branded conscience. Imprisoned by the horror of his deeds, he sees his pathway to release, illuminated by the very voices of those he most feared. "Tenebrae is a professional choir, established by former King's Singer Nigel Short to address the market for fine singing in fine buildings. Jacques Villeneuve and James Bowman are among the group's patrons, testimony to Short's networking powers. The conductor stresses the passion and precision generated by his singers and the enjoyment comes from the inspired repertoire selection. Plainsong smoothly covers the joints between works such as Peter Wishart's Alleluya, Hadley's I sing of a maiden and Short and Richard McDonald's effective The Dream of Herod."

Songlist: Alleluya, O Radix Jesse, A Spotless Rose , Rorate Coeli, Of The Father's Heart Begotten , Ave Maria , I Sing of a Maiden , Puer Natus Est Nobis, A Flower Given To My Daughter , Silent Night , Sussex Carol , Away in a Manger , Adeste Fideles, O Come All Ye Faithful, The Dream of Herod:, Herod's Despair, The Visit of the Magi, The Chorus of the Voiceless Infants, The Chorus of the Parents of Judaea, Mary and Joseph Appear to Herod, Jesus Appears to Herod

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7032c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella


Toronto Children's Chorus : Along The Road to Bethlehem : 00  1 CD : Jean Ashworth Bartle : SMCD 5151

Toronto Children's Chorus : Along The Road to Bethlehem

The sound of the children's voices raised in song is a touchstone of the holidays. Add to the mix the internationally renowned tenor Ben Heppner and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and you have a recipe for a truly special Christmas disc! The Chorus invokes a magical quality to Christmas music past and present, ranging from traditional favourites to a contemporary holiday fable sure to charm even Scrooge!

Songlist: Star Carol, The Kings, Sussex Carol, See Amid The Winter's Snow, Jesus Child, Song Of The Crib, Wexford Carol, The Garden Of Jesus, Good King Wenecelas, Hey Now, Mid-Winter, Farewell!!! Advent, Shepherd's Pipe Carol, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, The Last Straw - A Christmas Fable

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8454c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella


VocalEssence : Welcome Christmas : 00  1 CD : Philip Brunelle : 908

VocalEssence : Welcome Christmas

The world premiere recording of Conrad Susa's beloved Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, plus a delightful collection of carols from around the world, tied together by their diversity and charm. Featuring the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with woodwinds, cello, bass, harp, guitar and percussion under the direction of conductor Philip Brunelle.

Songlist: Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, What Sweeter Music, Sussex Carol, Sing Hallelu!, Pat-a-Pan!, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Christ Was Born on Christmas Day, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Friendly Beasts, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Ding, Dong, Merrily on High, 'Tis Winter Now, It came Upon the Midnight Clear, Away in a Manger, The Holly and the Ivy

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8713c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Accompanied


Voice Trek : Voices Of Light : 00  1 CD

Voice Trek : Voices Of Light

An American six-piece ensemble featuring three sisters, Voice Trek has a fluid sound as smooth and light as just-fallen snow. The CD is mostly accompanied by piano and a restrained orchestra, and also combines elements of nature, such as birds chirping, church bells and valley streams. These added elements are pleasant and are used harmoniously, as in the gusts of wintery wind that introduce "The First Noel." "O Come, O Come Emanuel," "Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming" and "The Coventry Carol" are strictly a cappella.

Songlist: The First Noel, Sussex Carol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming, O Holy Night!, I Wonder As I Wander, Coventry Carol, What Child Is This?, Still, Still, Still, Silent Night, The Wexford Carol, Ave Maria

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9234c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Some a cappella


Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Carols From King's : DVD : OAO822D

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Carols From King's

The world famous Christmas Eve service, presented by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, is brought to us in a format it was destined to be seen on - DVD. This widescreen BBC presentation is a dazzling display that is sure to be enjoyed by any who appreciate both watching and listening to christmas choral music. Some memoralable moments include the opening boy soprano solo if "One in royal David's city," the big choir sound of "Silent Night," the fast-pased "Riu, Riu Chiu" which is sure to put a smile on your face and the beautiful soothing melody of "I Wonder As I Wander." Also, the finale, "Hark The Herald Angels Sing." Along with the pristine DVD transfer of the service, those who buy this DVD will also be treated to the first televised service, recorded in 1954, as well as giving you the option of viewing only the musical portions of the service, excluding the readings. Also, a booklet detailing the history of the service, lyrics to all songs and a 30 minute conversation between Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger and Stephen Cleobury, the three Directors of Music at King's Collefge since 1957.

Songlist: Once in royal David's city, Quem pastores laudavere, In dulci jubilo, Angels from the realms of glory, In the bleak mid-winter, Quittez, pasteurs, While shepherds watched, Silent Night, The Shepherd's Carol, The Angels and the Shepherds, Riu, riu, chiu, O little town of Bethlehem, The Shepherds' Farewell, I wonder as I wander, Small wonder the star, Sussex Carol, Gloria in excelsis Deo, God rest ye merry gentlemen, Hark! the herald angels sing

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7351dvd | DVD | $24.98


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Sussex Carol : SATB : Philip Stopford : DVD : 08746957 : 884088139674

Philip Stopford : Sussex Carol

This unaccompanied arrangement is ideal for caroling and other venues where no keyboard is available. It is in a part song style with varying choral textures during verses and linking passages between. The last verse culminates in a fabulous full choir section with an uplifting ending. Performance Time: Approx. 2:20Available separately: SATB a cappella.

Arranger: Philip Stopford

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.70 | A Cappella |
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