The Ivy and the Holly

The Ivy and the Holly : 14 Contemporary Carols

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The Ivy and the Holly is a superb collection of carols and motets for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany by contemporary composers. Scored for mixed voices - a cappella and with organ - the anthology embraces a range of styles and sonorities. Here are plainchant lines, lilting melodies, and overlapping phrases; lively, energetic settings and soft, reflective ones; dancing rhythms and rich, sumptuous harmonies. Encompassing a variety of texts, with settings of medieval English verse and biblical passages alongside poems by celebrated writers, this collection will be welcomed by concert and church choirs more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 104 pages
  • 174 x 244 x 4mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193361809
  • 9780193361805
  • 1,940,700

Table of contents

The Contest of the Ivy and the Holly ; Antiphon to Mary ; And all the stars looked down ; Cradle Song ; The Shepherd's Carol ; Telling ; The Magi ; Now may we singen ; Gabriel fram Hevene-King ; St Margaret's Carol ; Mary's Carol ; Dormi, Jesu ; Rejoice, rejoice ; Veni, redemptor gentiumshow more

Review quote

This splendid anthology covers a remarkably wide spectrum of composers ... Yet all are united in being true carols with a simplicity at their core, however sophisticated the treatments. Stephen Patterson, Church Music Quarterly, December 08 Don't be put off by the title - there's a lot that's very accessible here, though also plenty that will stretch your choir. There's inspiratioin by the yard ... It's also a good and unscary introduction to a number of composers' oeuvres ... There's plenty here to serve several years of carol services and more than enough interest to warrant buying copies for your choir. The edition provides helpful notes and translations/transliterations. Jonathan Wikeley, Music Teacher, Sept 09 Some beautiful and imaginative settings of familiar texts. Sue Anderson, Singing Summer 09show more