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Shepherds and Angels for chorus, violin, harp, tamborine

by Pamela J. Marshall

Song of Angels, painting by BouguereauShepherds and Angels is approximately30 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."

New England premiere - Listen
by the Master Singers of Lexington, MA,
Adam Grossman, director

1 Prelude - violin & harp

2 Exultation
SATB, violin, harp, tamborine

3 Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
SATB, violin, harp

4 Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
SATB, violin, harp

5 Babe of Bethlehem
SATB, violin, harp, tamborine

6 Shepherds in Judea
SATB, violin, harp, tamborine

7 Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb
SATB, violin, harp, tamborine

8 Cradle Hymn - SATB, violin, harp

9 Jesus Born in Bethny
SATB, violin, harp

10 Rejoice My Friends
SATB, violin, harp, tamborine

 

There are 10 movements, a prelude and 9 songs:

  1. Prelude for violin and harp
  2. Exultation (by Humphreys, from Southern Harmony, No. 88)
  3. Rise Up Shepherd and Follow (from Religious Folk Songs of the Negro, As Sung on the Plantations, 1909)
  4. Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head (collected by John Jacob Niles, date and source unknown, probably
    somewhere in Southern Appalachia)
  5. The Babe of Bethlehem (by William Walker, from Southern Harmony)
  6. Shepherds in Judea (Tune: Emanuel, by William Billings, verses from Ruth Crawford Seeger's Christmas collection)
  7. Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb (from Archive of American Folk Song, Library of Congress)
  8. Restoration & Cradle Hymn --two very similar tunes (words from a poem by Isaac Watts, English hymn writer of the early 1700s.Restoration is from Southern Harmony, No. 5b, no composer given. Cradle Hymn is from Devil's Ditties by Jean Thomas, 1931, published by Hatfield. The tune of Cradle Hymn is from a Tennessee singer, according to R.C.Seeger)
  9. Jesus Born in Beth'ny (collected by John Jacob Niles. Recorded in Virginia in 1932)
  10. Rejoice My Friends (Tune: Knoxville by William Walker, from Southern Harmony)

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A computer-generated audio demo (no words) is hosted at SoundClick

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