A Shepherd's Witness - Cantata


Christmas Cantata combining three familiar carols with original music, written for mixed chorus (SATB), piano, C instrument, and a narrator.

Traditional carols include:
"Once in Royal David's City"
"Meditation on Silent Night" (instrumental only)
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"

Original carols include:
"This Silent Night"
"Holy Child"

The arrangement for "Once in Royal David's City" has a dissonant accompaniment the first time through, then as a reprise is arranged more traditionally. The narration is the nativity story told by a shepherd.
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Composer: David R. Naylor, Henry J. Gauntlett, Franz Guber, Richard S. Willis
Arranger: David R. Naylor
Lyrics: Cecil F. Alexander, Edmund H. Sears
Difficulty: Medium / Medium-difficult acc.
Performance Time: 23:00

References: Isa. 7:149:6–7Luke 1:26–381 Ne. 11