Gloria in Excelsis Deo - A garland of carols - Stephen Burtonwood

Duration: 18'00"
Ensemble: SATB choir organ
Grading: Easy/Medium
CMP242 Full score £4.00

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I hope that some of the wonder and truth of the real Christmas message is relayed through this selection of carols.

Some settings are trickier to bring off than others, such as Welcome all wonders, where word-painting rules much of the composition, and A Christmas Carol, where sensitive vocal tone and balance are required. Infant Holy is a gentle prayer-like lullaby which builds up to a climax on the words 'Christ the Babe is Lord of all', and I keep coming back to the beautiful words of the Wedderburn brothers with this setting of Balulalow.

I do hope that you enjoy singing these and that your listeners will be caught up in the essence of Christmas.