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“In the Bleak Midwinter” and a new arrangement of “When the Son of God Was Born”

Oct 31, 2014

This is week three of the Christmas Music Deluge. I just realized (with a self-congratulatory smirk) that I have, so far, been able to meet my goal of one update per week until finished. We’ll see if that new leaf stays turned.

Todays additions:

In the Bleak Midwinter“–a new setting of the beautiful old traditional hymn, with words by Christina Rossetti and melody by Gustav Holst:

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The arrangement is available for SSAA and SSATB. Ohhhhh this one was fun fun fun to arrange!


When the Son of God Was Born“–a new accompaniment and obbligato for Alto/Baritone duet.

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Both of these settings have obbligatos contributed by the amazing April Moriarty.

As always, all these tracks may be downloaded free in 128kbps MP3 format from the individual song pages. If you want higher-quality files, or the CD (with it’s really Christmassy artwork!)…

The album containing these and other Christmas recordings is available from CD Baby, Apple Music, Amazon, and all sorts of other places I can’t keep track of. It’s also available on CD, and through tomorrow, it’s on sale for $2.50 per copy.

Next up: New accompaniments, and cello and violin obbligatos for the remaining tracks. And then… a long winter’s nap. 😉

Filed under “Look What I Found…” If you’d like to hear what the choral version of “When the Son of God Was Born” can sound like, here’s a gorgeous rendition in Polish by the Wyższobramski Chór Kameralny, directed by Piotr Sikora.

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