On Christmas night - Charlotte Baskerville

Duration: 1'45"
Ensemble: SATB organ
Grading: Easy/Medium
CMP375 Full score £2.50

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This piece for SATB and organ takes the traditional words of the Sussex Carol, setting them in a joyful and light-hearted style. The main melody, although simple, provides rhythmic interest and forms the basis for all the verses. Variation within these verses comes from the exploration of harmony, rhythm and countermelodies in the other vocal parts and organ accompaniment. Indeed, the organ often provides interest in this piece and is an important driving force throughout with its syncopated lines. The vocal parts are deliberately designed to be accessible to choirs of all standards, with much unison writing, no divisi and a consideration for vocal range. Most importantly though, I hope that singers will have fun with this piece; I certainly did while composing it!