Use: Advent, Marian
Required Resources: SATB choir, organ
This Basque carol has some of our favorite Christmas elements: a minor key, an Annunciation text, compound rhythm (actually alternating compound rhythms — 9/8 and 12/8).
What could be better?
How about a great setting by Virginia composer William Atwood?
He's written a real organ accompaniment in his setting, using solo lines, independent pedal part, and good harmonies.
The verse textures come in a variety of styles, with abundant unison, making this setting easy to learn:
- Verse 1 calls for unison choir, with harmony breaking out on the last measure, "Glo---ria."
- The women sing Verse 2 in unison, again with harmony on "Gloria."
- The men have the melody in Verse 3, with a harmonized SA descant on "Ah," which changes to text at the end of the verse.
- Verse 4 is set in the parallel A Major key, with ATB in unison and a Soprano descant
The setting was written for an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, where it fits perfectly.
It would also be very appropriate for an Advent Mass, particularly on the Fourth Sunday, and for a Marian feast, particularly March 25 (the Annunciation).
Order #: 4205
- Hymns and Carols
- SATB Choir