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Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Traditional Carol

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" is an English carol usually attributed as "traditional"; its first written appearance is in William B. Sandys' Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern of 1833. However, it is almost certainly of a much earlier date. The archaic language of the lyrics and the line "to see the legend of my play" hint at origins in the Medieval mystery play, which focused on the representation of Bible stories as tableaux with accompanying antiphonal song. It is most well known in John Gardner's adaptation, but numerous other composers have made original settings of it or arranged the traditional tune, including Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky, David Willcocks, John Rutter, James Burton, Ronald Corp, Philip Stopford, Andrew Carter, Jamie W. Hall and Jack Gibbons. The verses of the hymn progress through the story of Jesus told in his own voice. An innovative feature of the telling is that Jesus' life is repeatedly characterized as a dance. This device was later used in the modern hymn "Lord of the Dance".


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Alan Bullard (Edited by) : Oxford Book of Flexible Carols : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193364622 : 9780193364622

Alan Bullard (Edited by) : Oxford Book of Flexible Carols

The Oxford Book of Flexible Carols is the perfect resource for choirs of all types and sizes. Each piece is presented with flexible scoring options, clearly explained throughout, enabling performance by various combinations of singers. Variety of composers, including Kerry Andrew, Malcolm Archer, Alan Bullard, Bob Chilcott, Stephen Cleobury, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter, Mack Wilberg, and David Willcocks. Wide range of material, from Medieval to the present day and including wassails, gallery carols, world carols, and spirituals. With carols for Advent, Christmas, New Year, and Epiphany, and a fabulous range of accessible, quality material, this is a must-have collection for all choirs at Christmas.

Songlist: A babe is born, A little child there is yborn, Adam lay ybounden, Angels, from the realms of glory, Away in a manger, Away With Your Sorrows, Born this day is the Son of God, Cantemos a Maria, Child of the stable's secret birth, Christmas-tide, Christmas Lullaby, Come and Worship!, Come, let us all with heart and voice, Coventry Carol, Ding dong! merrily on high, Falantidida, Gaudete!, Gloucestershire Wassail, Gold for a manger bed, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Good Christians all, rejoice, His Praises We'll Sing, Il est ne, le divin enfant, In the Beginning, In the bleak mid-winter, Infant holy, infant lowly, Jesus Christ is here!, Mary's Cradle Song, Natus est Immanuel, Now is the Time for Christemas!, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 8734b | Songbook | $21.95


Barry Rose : Merrily On High - For Upper Voice Choirs : Treble : 01 Songbook : 884088423483 : 085360956X : 14021295

Barry Rose : Merrily On High - For Upper Voice Choirs

Merrily On High is an exciting compilation of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany music for church, cathedral, school, youth and community choirs of 'upper voices' - trebles or sopranos and altos. Thirty pieces are included, eleven published for the first time. Contents include new settings and arrangements of familiar and lesser known carols, a 3-part Advent Responsory and Mark Blatchly's setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat. Lyrics are in English, French, German, Latin and Polish. Includes invaluable historical and performance notes for each piece by Barry Rose.

Songlist: Adam Lay Ybounden, An Advent Responsory: I Look From Afar, Come, Thou Redeemer of Earth, Brightest and Best, A Child Is Born, Come, Watch With Us This Christmas Night, Down In Yon Forest, Fum, Fum, Fum, Gabriel's Message, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, When Christ Was Born of Mary Free, The Holly and the Ivy, How Far is it to Bethlehem?, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Myn Lynking, No Room at the Inn, Now the Most High Is Born, O This Night is Born Noel, People, Look East, Two Polish Carols, Rejoice and be Merry, The Shepherd's Farewell, Say, Where is He Born?, Silent Night, Still, Still, Still, Sweet Was The Song, Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day, Torches!, Watts's Cradle Hymn, Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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Voicing: Treble | 5117b | Songbook | $17.95


Dale Warland : The Dale Warland Christmas Editions Vol 2 : SATB : 01 Songbook : Dale Warland : 073999598483 : 41923054

Dale Warland : The Dale Warland Christmas Editions Vol 2

A collection of stunning arrangements featured on the Dale Warland Singers album "Sing We of Christmas". "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree" are a cappella

Songlist: Manger Dance, Christmas Lullaby, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, We Three Kings, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree

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Voicing: SATB | 9042b | Songbook | $4.95


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


Keyte / Parrot : The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols : SATB : 01 Songbook : 353324-3

Keyte / Parrot : The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols

This--the performers' edition of the massive New Oxford Book of Carols--is a selection of 120 carols in 173 different settings. The music, which is divided into composed carols and traditional carols, covers nine centuries of Christmas music from around the world. Popular and unknown material is included: the settings are straightforward and each carol is accompanied by a note on historical background. The emphasis is on the fresh approach to the carol, and the editors have cleared away the accretions of years to recapture the original spirit and vigor of the music. Selections from the book are featured on EMI Classic's recordings "The Carol Album," "The Christmas Album," and "Carol Album 2," performed by the Taverner Consort, Choir, and Players under the direction of Andrew Parrott.

Songlist: From Lands that See the Sun Arise, Gabriel, fram Heven King, Dies est Leticie, In Hoc Anni Sirculo, Verbum Patris Umanatur, O Come O Come Emmanuel, He Who Made the Earth so Fair, Of the Father's Heart Begotten, On this Day Earth Shall Ring, Unto Us is Born a Son, Nova! Nova!, Hayl Mary Ful of Grace, Ther is no Rose of Swych Aryse, Nowel: Owt of your Slepe Aryse, Thys Endere Nyghth I Saw a Syghth, Lully Lulla thow Little Tyne Child, Come Love we God, Swete was the Song the Virgine Soong, Thus Angels Sung, While Shepherds Watched Thier Flocks By, O Remember Adam's Fall, Riu Riu Chiu, Verbum Caro factum est, Gaudete!, Lo! born is our Emmanuel, A Boy is Born in Bethlehem, Let the Voice of Praise Resound, Joseph, Dearest Joseph Mine, Shepherds Sang Thier Praises O'er Him, Good Christian Men, Rejoice!, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 6612b | Songbook | $17.98 | Primarily a cappella


Philip Stopford : Choral Works : SATB divisi : Sheet Music

Philip Stopford : Choral Works

In 'For The Beauty of the Earth,' such beautiful words deserve to be set to equally beautiful music, and here the textures unfold and the piece blossoms from bar one to the end. Starting in two parts and organically growing to seven, the music is designed to lift the hearts of all that perform and hear it. A new work for a new day. Famously set to music by Thomas Tallis, and taking words from the gospel of John, 'If Ye Love Me' is a fresh attempt at this famous passage of scripture. Rich harmonies will resonate in your performance space, enveloping your listeners with a tapestry of sound. The famous text of 'Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day' receives a madrigal-like setting with vibrant mixed meters and colorful vocal textures. Excellent for chamber groups and a cappella programs, this fascinating and rewarding work will surely delight! A new and simple arrangement of the famous prayer"God Be in My Head" joins the existing repertoire with rich harmony and strong melodic line. "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" - soft, expressive and thought provoking phrasing shape this lovely setting for unaccompanied voices. With an interesting use of the 5/8 time signature, the melody flows endlessly and effortlessly.

Songlist: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, If Ye Love Me, For the Beauty of the Earth, Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree, God Be In My Head

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 9386b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


Reginald Jacques (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 2 : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193535657

Reginald Jacques (editor) : Carols for Choirs Vol 2

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. Includes 50 varied carols for every occasion, carols by Benjamin Britten, William Mathias and William Walton.

Songlist: A Babe Is Born I Wys, A Child Is Born In Bethlehem, A New Year Carol, Adam Lay Ybounden, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, All This Time, Angels And The Shepherds, Cherry Tree Carol, Come Leave Your Sheep, Come, Thou Redeemer Of The Earth, Deck The Hall, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Down In Yon Forest, Gabriel's Message, Gloria Sei Dir Gesungen, Glory Now To God We Render, Going Through The Hills, Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, He Is Born The Divine Christ Child, Here We Bring New Water, Here We Come a-Wassai;ing, Holly And The Ivy, How Far Is It To Bethlehem?, I Look From Afar, I Saw A Fair Maiden, Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant, The Infant King, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Joseph Was An Old Man, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 9089b | Songbook | $22.95 | Primarily a cappella


Individual Folios

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Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day : SATB divisi : Philip Stopford : Songbook : 08745640 : 884088080303

Philip Stopford : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

This famous text receives a madrigal-like setting with vibrant mixed meters and colorful vocal textures. Excellent for chamber groups and a cappella programs, this fascinating and rewarding work will surely delight!

Arranger: Philip Stopford

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08745640


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day : 2-Part : Audrey Snyder : Sheet Music : 08748493 : 884088235680

Audrey Snyder : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

This delightful setting of the traditional English carol features the buoyant vocal lines over the brightly articulated keyboard and bell-like chords. A joy to perform! With optional flute and glockenspiel. Duration: ca: 1:45.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.70 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08748493


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day : SATB : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08754146 : 884088629052

John Leavitt : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Here is the traditional English carol in a colorful setting full of rhythmic and harmonic surprises and playful effects. Easily learned and impressive in performance, your choir and their listeners will enjoy this joyful musical treat! Available separately: SATB, SSA, ChoirTrax CD. Chamber Orchestra score and parts available as a printed edition and as a digital download (fl 1-2, ob, cl 1-2, bn, perc 1-2, hp, vn 1-2, va, vc, db). Duration: ca. 2:10.

Arranger: John Leavitt

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754146 | Choirtrax CD Available


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day : SSA : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08754147 : 884088629069

John Leavitt : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Here is the traditional English carol in a colorful setting full of rhythmic and harmonic surprises and playful effects. Easily learned and impressive in performance, your choir and their listeners will enjoy this joyful musical treat! Available separately: SATB, SSA, ChoirTrax CD. Chamber Orchestra score and parts available as a printed edition and as a digital download (fl 1-2, ob, cl 1-2, bn, perc 1-2, hp, vn 1-2, va, vc, db). Duration: ca. 2:10.

Arranger: John Leavitt

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754147 | Choirtrax CD Available


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day : SATB : Bill Snedden : Sheet Music : 08764806 : 728215049149

Bill Snedden : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Bill Sneddem sets the traditional English tune for mixed voices and piano. There are many arrangements of this tune on the market, but none as exciting and engaging as this one. Try it with high school, college, church or community ensembles. Difficulty Level: Medium Advanced Adult.

Arranger: Bill Snedden

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.65 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08764806


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day : SATB : Gareth Treseder : Gareth Treseder : Sheet Music : 48023701 : 888680616892 : 1784541184

Gareth Treseder : Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

Devised as a choral Christmas waltz, this carol for unaccompanied mixed voices (no divisi) by Welsh composer Gareth Treseder is a jolly setting of a traditional text. The work is structured in the manner of a hymn that becomes increasingly complex via different vocal textures. The catchy melody is passed around each part of the choir and interweaving textures should offer a welcome contrast to the common homophonic textures of Christmas music. A sure audience-pleaser, this carol will also be very rewarding for the singers and will add a jovial twist to a Christmas concert of service.

Composer: Gareth Treseder

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48023701

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