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What Sound Upon the Midnight Air?

About the Song

This is a rather grand Christmas anthem, and sounds best with a large choir. The women’s parts divide, though the Tenor and Bass parts do not. There’s a lot of counter motion in the vocals, which gives you a chance to have some fun with dynamics.  

This song is part of the “In Him We Live” cantata.

Lyrics

What sound upon the midnight air
O’er Bethlehem is ringing?
The echo of an anthem fair
In answer to an ageless prayer
The angels joyful tidings bear
And cannot cease from singing:
Gloria in excelsis Deo
And on the earth be peace,
Good will toward men

What light hath rent the midnight sky,
From realms celestial springing?
O’er Judah mighty legions fly
Ablaze in glory from on high
Creation trembles at their cry
And cannot cease from singing:
Gloria in excelsis Deo
And on the earth be peace,
Good will toward men

Sing gloria, ye men and angels mingling
Abide in peace
Good will increase
And never cease from singing
Gloria in excelsis Deo

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1 Comment

  1. Christine Tonks

    Sally – I absolutely love What Sound Upon the Midnight Air but it is too complicated for my choir. Have you ever done a pared down version of it? Maybe simply SATB with a little lower range. My sopranos top out at an F, and even that frightens them:) I would so love to do it for Christmas this year.

    Thank you for continuing to share your talents!

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