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The Shepherd's Carol

By Bob Chilcott

SATB choir, a cappella (SATB) - easy
Composed by Bob Chilcott. Christmas Songs & Carols - Mixed Voices. Christmas, Sacred. Vocal score. 12 pages. Duration 4'. Oxford University Press #9780193432963. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193432963).

Item Number: OU.9780193432963

ISBN 9780193432963. 10 x 7 inches.

For SATB unaccompanied The text is a beautiful poem by Clive Sansom (1910-81) that narrates the experience of the shepherds, drawn by starlight to the baby Jesus. The lovely, poignant melody of folk-like simplicity is supported by languid and atmospheric harmonies. The effect is a sublime marriage of poetic imagery and music.

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  • 5

    Randall G. Fisher
    Virginia Beach, VA
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  • November 29, 2007 Absolutely gorgeous Christmas carol

    This is truly one of the 3 or 4 prettiest Christmas carols I've ever heard, and I've been directing choirs for about 20 years. The piece requires first and second soprano, first and second alto, first and second tenor, and first and second bass parts, so it is...

    not appropriate if your choir is smaller than about 16 voices evenly spaced among the parts. Also, although for the most part the ranges are not taxing, the rhythms are very challenging and some of the harmonies are difficult, particularly for inexperienced choirs. If you have a larger choir that has some ambitious and talented singers, it is hard to imagine a more spectacularly beautiful piece for a Christmas concert.

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