Required Resources: SSSAA choir
Language: English and Latin
J. William Greene, a prolific composer living in Lynchburg, Virginia, has set a traditional English carol for women's voices, a cappella.
The text appears in both the original Latin and an English translation by Father Franz Wasner.
Dr. Greene uses a gently rocking figure with the text "Lully, lully, lu" to craft a wonderful lullaby in beautifully understated British style.
The undulating rhythm adds to the effect, alternating quite comfortably among 4/4, 9/8 and 3/4.
During those rehearsals leading up to Christmas, when the women's sections of the choir seems to increase in number, this "Christmas Lullaby" offers the women a chance to sing a motet alone, perhaps while the men of the choir rehearse a beautiful and appropriate Christmas Gregorian chant (perhaps Hodie Christus natus est or Puer natus in Bethlehem.
Order #: 5011
- Choral Music
- SATB Choir
- a cappella
- Latin / English