Christmas Oratorio

Bob Chilcott
Vocal score
9780193514379
$16.00
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Description

for SATB and soloists (M-S, T, & B), with organ and flute or small ensemble
With this majestic work Chilcott takes on a landmark of the choral repertory, the Christmas Oratorio. Words from St Luke and St Matthew are intertwined with 16th-19th-century poetry to create a compelling retelling of the Christmas story. Five hymn texts are set to new, original melodies that take their place among the season's tradition of great hymnody and enable the audience or congregation to join in with the choir. As in the St John Passion, much of the narrative is presented by a tenor soloist in the role of Evangelist, with focal points such as the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis and Rossetti's 'Love came down at Christmas' taken by mezzo-soprano and bass soloists. The chorus is integral to the storytelling, assuming small character roles and taking centre stage in two unaccompanied movements. A solo flute characterizes the angels, and the mellow tones of the brass ensemble evoke a sense of festive tradition.

  • A compelling retelling of the Christmas story
  • Words from the Gospels of St Luke and St Matthew intertwined with a diverse selection of sixteenth- to nineteenth-century poetry
  • Four well-known hymns with original melodies for audience or congregation to join in with the choir
  • Tenor soloist assumes the role of Evangelist, with focal points such as the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis taken by mezzo-soprano and bass soloists
  • Two poignant unaccompanied movements for the chorus, who also assume small character roles
  • Sensitive orchestration that enriches the characterization

Contents

  • 1. Hymn: Lo! how a Rose e er blooming (Chorus)
  • 2. The Angel Gabriel (Evangelist, Gabriel, Mary)
  • 3. Magnificat(Mezzo-soprano solo, Chorus)
  • 4. Hymn: Thou whose almighty word (Chorus)
  • 5. And it came to pass in those days(Evangelist)
  • 6. A Boy was born (Chorus)
  • 7. And there were in the same country shepherds (Evangelist, Angel,Chorus)
  • 8. Hymn: Shepherds, in the field abiding (Chorus)
  • 9. And they came with haste (Evangelist)
  • 10. Lovecame down at Christmas (Mezzo-soprano solo, Chorus)
  • 11. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Evangelist, Chorus,Herod)
  • 12. A Carol to the King (Chorus)
  • 13. Hymn: As with gladness men of old (Chorus)
  • PART 4
  • 14. And when eight days were accomplished (Evangelist)
  • 15. Nunc dimittis (Bass solo, Chorus)
  • 16. And Josephand his mother marvelled at those things (Evangelist, Simeon)
  • 17. Hymn: A great and mighty wonder (Chorus)

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193514379
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Duration: 50 Mins
Publication Date: 08/08/2019
Format: 279x216
Voices: SATB
Force: SATB & soloists (mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass), with organ & flute/small ensemble
Instrumentation: fl, 2tpt, hn, tbn, tba, timp, hp, org
Level of difficulty: B-C

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