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Ceremony of Carols, A
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Ceremony of Carols, A

Sheet Music
Voicing/Format SATB
Composer Britten, Benjamin
Publisher Boosey & Hawkes Inc
Arranger Harrison, Julius

Price: $9.95

Catalog #48008895

UPC code: 073999088953

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for boys' or female voices and harp (piano in extremis but with alterations and omissions)

There is also a version for SATB and harp arranged by Julius Harrison

Texts: Latin and English

1. Procession (using a variant of the Magnificatantiphon for the second Vespersof the Nativity of Our Lord)

2. Wolcum Yole! (anon.)

3. There is no rose (anon.)

4a. That yongë child (anon.)

4b. Balulalow (James, John and Robert Wedderburn)

5. As dew in Aprille (anon.)

6. This little babe (Robert Southwell)

7. Interlude (harp solo)

8. In Freezing Winter Night (Robert Southwell)

9. Spring Carol (William Cornish)

10. Deo gracias (anon.)

11. Recession (as for Procession)

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 voices process 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 be repeated as many times as necessary to get the singers to and from their destination.

The carols are for three-part childrens voices (though, of course they can be sung by female adults as well) and they form a two-part work around a central Interlude for harp which is based on t

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