No. 1 in Nativity Suite, the opening sounds of the instruments and voices in this setting are meant to invoke an air of mystery. The initial tone clusters, approached by layering the voice parts, should be presented very subtly, in order to enhance the intimacy and the veiled quality suited to this traditional liturgical. The alleluias, which reflect the significance of the Christmas Eve, should be joyful. Other movements include: O Magnum Mysterium (50600072), A Boy Was Born (50600073). Flute and Harp Parts available separately for the full suite (50600165).