Christus Natus Est

Christus Natus Est : Vocal score

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for SATB choir, soprano solo, and children's choir with piano or organ or chamber orchestra or brass This accessible Christmas cantata presents a sequence of five carols, McDowall gives the familiar melodies a colourful new harmonic treatment, and the arrangements range in atmosphere from tenderness to joyful exaltation. The children's choir part is printed at the end of the score and may be photocopied. Instrumental parts and vocal scores are available on hire/rental.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 32 pages
  • 217 x 279 x 3mm | 97g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English, Latin
  • 019335893X
  • 9780193358935
  • 2,111,195

Review quote

Its fifteen minute duration, the well known tunes, the easy yet imaginative choral writing, and the wide variety of atmostpheric treatments all combine to make this a successful piece for choirs wanting something different but not too demanding at Christmas. It will also please audiences in church or school who want to hear something with familiar Christmas tunes. * James L. Montgomery, Church Music Quarterly, December 08 * Its five short movements are extremely imaginative arrangements of two Latin carols from Piae Cantiones, the French carol 'Entre le boeuf', and a traditional Polish carol 'Infant holy', all linked by a series of clever variants on one of McDowall's own carols, 'Of a rose'. This is a piece which, if I were king, would be done in musical schools every year! * Music & Vision Web Review, December 2004 * The Christmas cantata Christus Natus Est is a hit: an absolute delight from start to finish. * Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, March 2005 *
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Table of contents

Personent Hodie ; Entre le boeuf ; Gaudete ; Infant holy, infant lowly ; Angelus ad virginem
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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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