Brand-New Christmas Carol Finished!

Presenting… Cradle Song (of Mary’s Beloved) for SATB Choir and Bb Trumpet.

I just finished writing this for a new Christmas Carol Contest deadline! 🙂

I’ve adapted the lyrics from the 1901 poem of the same name by Patrick K. O’Horan. Per the rules of the contest, this work is for SATB choir, 3 minutes long, and adds a part for solo Bb trumpet (I’m planning on rewriting this part for optional, different solo instruments as well: like solo horn, solo trombone, solo euphonium….)

Lyrics:
Sleep, O my little one, quietly sleep,
Angels shall guard thee slumbering deep.
White wings about thee
Enfolding that flame,
Holy, Immortal
Ineffable Name.

Sleep, my beloved, my little one sleep;
No crying be heard: O stir not nor weep.
A bright Star is shining
Above thy dear head,
And to this poor shelter
The great Kings are led.

Sleep then, my Kingly one, gently and still.
See how thine angels watch on each hill.
Here is thy mother
Close, dearest heart:
I shall be with thee
When shepherds depart.

Sleep, O my little Lord, darling one, sleep.

I really love how it turned out! And, now I finally have an official choir piece in my oeuvre. 🙂

Maybe it’ll be chosen for live performance! Regardless, I’ll eventually have at least a demo version with live voices for you to enjoy. But, for now, enjoy this little digital demo…

 

https://soundcloud.com/sarah-wallin-huff/cradle-song-of-marys-beloved-digital-demo

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