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
  • 1,969,467

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

Some beautiful and imaginative settings of familiar texts. * Sue Anderson, Singing Summer 09 * 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 * 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 *show more