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Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe: Children's Choir and Accomp.

From A Ceremony of Carols op. 28

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COMPOSER: Benjamin Britten
PUBLISHER: Boosey and Hawkes
PRODUCT FORMAT: Vocal Score
Text: Robert Southwell Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 3 The Ceremony of Carols is one of Britten's best-known and most-performed works. It is a brilliantly conceived and dramatic concert work which sees the voicesprocess to their places singing unaccompanied plainsong and, at the end,
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Composer Benjamin Britten
Publisher Boosey and Hawkes
Instrumentation Children's Choir [Female Choir] [SSS] and Harp
Product Format Vocal Score
Description Product Type Choral Score
Style Period Post 1901
ISMN 9790060015458
No. BH5400632
Number of pages 8
Description
Text: Robert Southwell Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Difficulty level: 3 The Ceremony of Carols is one of Britten's best-known and most-performed works. It is a brilliantly conceived and dramatic concert work which sees the voicesprocess to their places singing unaccompanied plainsong and, at the end, processing out again to the same chant. These movements can also be accompanied but strictly only if the voices do not process. The final Alleluia can berepeated as many times as necessary to get the singers to and from their destination. The carols are for three-part children's voices (though, of course they can be sung by female adults as well) and they form a two-part workaround a central Interlude for harp which is based on the plainsong from the Procession. Variety is the key word here as all the carols have such individual identities. The forthright Wolcum Yole!, the deliciously lyrical There isno Rose, the swinging Balulalow, the fiery and dramatic This little Babe all contribute to a work which is a feast of discovery throughout. Lovely solos and duos add further colour and the harp part, an inspired choice ofaccompaniment, enriches, colours and surrounds the voices with its pictorial musical imagery. If anything shows Britten's genius for writing for voices it must be this work. The challenges here are in creating a real equalitybetween voice parts, fielding a confident pair of soloists, and making the most of the wonderfully colourful poems Britten has chosen to set. Pronunciation is not really an issue, but when I recorded this work with the FinziSingers I decided to follow the example of Sacred and Profane and use authentic medieval pronunciation for which an expert coach was necessary. It brings an added element of colour to a familiar aural experience. Duration: 22minutes Paul Spicer, Lichfield, 2011
Song List
  • 1. This Little Babe
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