Music for Christmas
The Coventry carol relates the Massacre of the Innocents from a particular standpoint.
This A3 landscape score is an arrangement for mixed forces (winds and 3-
(“The angel Gabriel from Heaven came…”) Here is another arrangement, a companion piece (and something of an antidote) to the above, using the same resources and in the same format.
St Robert Southwell’s words have been employed by a number of others. This version is for a capable chamber choir of similar voices (4 parts) – a description you can interpret in a number of ways.
Here are more, familiar (and anonymous, late mediæval) words but I have used the refrain a number of times as an introductory and concluding device rather than positioning it between the verses as is usually the case. The setting is multimetrical with syncopated rhythms. (SATB)
The opening stanzas of John Milton’s On the morning of Christs Nativity set, ironically,
in a pseudo-
I was drawn to and fascinated by these words of Rowland Watkyns and his curious juxtapositions of contradictory statements relating to “Christmasse”. I have endeavoured to reflect these mysteries in my setting which is, consequently, texturally demanding. (SATB)
Ramble on Adeste fideles
See Music for organ
shepherds watched their flocks by night