Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 August 2019

Duration: 50 minutes

Difficulty: Easy - Moderately Difficult

Suitable For: Christmas

128 Pages | 279x216mm

ISBN: 9780193514379

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Bookseller Code (MA)

Sample Material

Bob Chilcott

Christmas Oratorio

Vocal score

Forces or Category: SATB & soloists (mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass), with organ & flute/small ensemble

Orchestration: fl, 2tpt, hn, tbn, tba, timp, hp, org

  • 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

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