Shepherds and Angels is approximately 25 minutes long, with a prelude for violin and harp and nine old American Christmas songs. The instrumentation is SATB chorus, harp, and violin, and tamborine, which can be played by a chorister. The music has a strong traditional feeling, with some spicy harmonies and instrumental interludes.
Pam writes about it:
"I love unfamiliar Christmas music, particularly the more obscure American contributions to Christmas celebration. In writing Shepherds and Angels, I also was inspired by other Christmas collections that include harp, such as Britten and Conrad De Susa. For this collection, I found tunes in Ruth Crawford Seeger's collection American Folk Songs for Christmas and I looked at old sources like William Billings and Southern Harmony."
There are 10 movements, a prelude and 9 songs:
Read more about the Spindrift Commissioning Guild project and the tunes.
New England premiere by the Master Singers of Lexington, MA, Adam Grossman, director. It's on the Spindrift ListenNow Holiday Music page.
The original computer-generated audio demo (no words) is hosted at SoundClick
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Harp part as downloadable, printable PDF.
Harpists, check out the part and petition your local choral director to program Shepherds and Angels.
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