Maria walks amid the thorn

Maria walks amid the thorn : No.1 of Three Upper-voice Carols

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for SSA and piano or harp This is a beautifully crafted setting of a medieval German text. The composer's simple but effective writing underscores perfectly the quietly wondrous nature of the text, the gentle 'Kyrie eleison' refrain providing a poignant commentary throughout. The harp part (which includes all three carols in the set) is available from Banks Music Publications for sale under the title Three Upper-voice Carols.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 8 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 1mm | 18g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193426560
  • 9780193426566

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They are skilfully written with an understanding of the blend and colours of the voice and harp. This would make a beautiful set for an accomplished choir, but each carol presents different challenges and could easily stand alone. . . The third verse has a glorious climax as the sopranos soar to a top A, harmonised by the lower parts as teh roses on the thorn appear. * Music Teacher June 04 * . . . these three lovely settings by Andrew Carter, rather like much of Britten's music for young people, sound more complex than they actually are - a reflection of the composer's skill and mastery of his medium . . . I shall certainly be performing these fine settings with my youth choir this Christmas. * Church Music Quarterly Sept 04 * Choir Directors will seize on these highly enjoyable, skilful settings which, at 10 minutes long, would make a graceful yet substantial addition to many a Christmas event. * Matthew Greenall, The Singer, Oct 04 *
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About Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter was born in 1939 into a Leicestershire family of tower and handbell ringers. Following a music degree at the University of Leeds, he joined York Minster Choir, and was subsequently Director of Music at the Bar Convent Grammar School, where he achieved his first successes as a choir trainer.
His wealth of experience of directing both mixed-voice and upper-voice choirs has given him a deep understanding of the voice, expressed by a lyricism and sense of drama underpinned by distinctive, often bitter-sweet harmonies. His vast collection of anthems and Christmas carols, together with a substantial number of large-scale choral works, have earned him a reputation as one of Britain's most respected contemporary choral composers.
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