Before the paling of the stars

Before the paling of the stars : Vocal score

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for SATB and organ This tender carol sets an affecting text by Christina Rossetti that tells the story of Jesus's birth. In classic McDowall style, the setting explores a variety of choral textures and is interspersed with unexpected harmonies, creating a range of musical colours. The organ part provides a gentle, supportive accompaniment.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 180 x 255 x 1mm | 18g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193396955
  • 9780193396951

About Cecilia McDowall

Educated at Edinburgh and London Universities, Cecilia McDowall has been described by the International Record Review as having a 'communicative gift that is very rare in modern music. An award-winning composer, McDowall is often inspired by extra-musical influences, and her choral writing combines rhythmic vitality with expressive lyricism. Her music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by leading choirs, among them Phoenix Chorale and the Choir of New
College, Oxford, and is regularly programmed at prestigious festivals in Britain and abroad.
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Review quote

Of particular note is Cecilia McDowall's exquisite Before the paling of the stars. * Rachel Lindley, Music Teacher, September 13 * McDowalls lyrical gifts make her a natural carol writer. In her Christina Rossetti setting, Before the paling of the stars, the haunting melody, first emerging out of a mysterious organ texture, is given a variety of expressive treatment, ever growing in confidence as we hail the King of glory. * Church Music Quarterly, September 13 *
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