This is a beautiful traditional carol set to a gorgeous accompaniment by John Rutter.
The melody is very familiar - most people will have grown up with it and it evokes happy memories from childhood. I believe this piece was written for a mature soloist but I intend to use it as a unison piece with my primary school choir (7-10 year olds). This is not to say that it is a straight forward child's carol. As an adult singer, I had to think through the breathing and phrases. To sing it properly, this lilting carol needs good breath control from the diaphram and my children's choir will need training in this. The words are set in spanish - I imagine they would sound charming but the english translation is just as enticing and are simple for young minds to remember.
The piano accompaniment is a delight, but requires some practice to get it right! I detected a few jazz chords thrown in to make it sound more interesting and textured - along with a few spanish sounding Rutter twiddles and turns.
I can't wait to work on this further and hear the final sound.
Overall, a great carol, simply set but not for the simple! Anonymous
- (Cheltenham, United Kingdom)
A simple unison tune but made special by John Rutter's wonderful piano accompaniment. The English translation words seem a bit strange. However, my choir loved it and we are going to sing it again this Christmas. Anonymous
- (Crawley, United Kingdom)
A good simple tune.Have got our men & women singing different phrases.The piano part is good too-adds that slight spanish feel.Will be singing it in English this time. Anonymous
- (Barnstaple, United Kingdom)