In dulci jubilo - arr. Francis Brown

Duration: 2'45"
Ensemble: ATTBB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
CMP367 Full score £2.50

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This arrangement of In dulci jubilo was made during the November lockdown of 2020 for performance by the choral scholars of Portsmouth Cathedral. The approach throughout was to let the melody speak for itself, and derive the other lines from it, in verse two in a two-part contrapuntal style, and subsequently as a mixture of homophonic accompaniment and three-part writing based on the late-medieval English descant style.

The first solo verse and final solo phrase ground the arrangement in the haunting simplicity of the melody.