Silent Night (Christmas Cantata)
A Christmas Cantata for Choir, Narrator, Soloists and Flute (optional); and organ and congregation. This program is designed to be very easy for choirs to learn, though you’ll need a good pianist. Two optional obbligatos for flute are included. These might also be performed easily on violin, or other C instrument.
The program lasts 25-30 minutes.
All solos may be assigned to sections of the choir if desired. All sectional passages may be assigned to soloists if desired.
The narration for this program consists entirely of excerpts from Matthew 1 and Luke 2, KJV, each followed by a single verse of “Silent Night” sung solo. Feel free to substitute from other scriptural versions or to use a simple retelling.
Very few dynamic markings are included for the interludes, or for the final number with the congregation, as the dynamics for these passages will be determined by your acoustics, amplification, choir/congregation size, etc.
For the “Silent Night” choir/congregation finale, the congregation sings the standard hymn version (1985 LDS Hymns #204). The choir and organ use the score included.
List of Songs Included in the Program
The titles included in the cantata are listed below. Linked titles are available separately. If a title is not linked, it is only available by downloading the complete program. A few titles have audio demos available–they are marked with a “*”. The performers’ interpretations may differ from the printed score.
Silent Night (Interlude 1)
Peace, Peace, Peace*
Silent Night (Interlude 2)
As Shepherds Kept Their Lonely Vigil*
Silent Night (Interlude 3)
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth*
Silent Night (Choir and Congregation)
Note: Where both solo and choir scores exist, both are included. Use one or the other, as you choose.
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