Category Archives: Christmas Choral Music

Come Gladly, Come Gaily, Come Gather Together

Yet another annual Christmas carol utilizing the “gloria” text, Come Gladly, Come Gaily, Come Gather Together was composed as part of my Faith Partner’s residency for Huffman UMC in Birmingham, AL.  The catalog description works for me:  This musical setting with handbell chords and a carillon-like piano part in the high treble register paints a musical picture of the text.  It’s fresh and new, yet “sounds” like the music we like to hear at Christmas. A fairly easy learn for the choir.

It’s available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

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Like a Whisper in the Heart

The late Sylvia Dunstan was a gifted poet, and I have been drawn to set her texts on numerous occasions.  As I have previously posted, for a number of years I composed an annual Christmas carol (or anthem), for which I was determined to incorporate the text “gloria in excelsis deo” (just as my yearly Easter carol required an “alleluia” or two: see This Our Joy and This Our Feast).  It was with great excitement that I discovered this text, with its glorious imagery… and its refrain of “gloria in excelsis deo”!  The SATB anthem with piano accompaniment, as well as the chamber ensemble arrangement heard on the recording, can be purchased at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 2003 GIA Publications, Inc.

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Before the Song Was Done

The poetry of Sara Teasdale, which I discovered in an art song setting, was the inspiration for this work.   A Christmas carol for SATB chorus with piano, oboe and cello accompaniment, it is both meditative and joyful, ending gently with the baby Jesus sleeping through it all.  Available for purchase at giamusic.com.

 ℗ 1999 GIA Publications, Inc.

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