Lie Still and Slumber

Two Part Voices and Piano (may be sung in unison)
Text: Isaac Watt
Duration: 2.5 min
Publisher: G.I.A Music

Commissioned by ZING! Children’s Choir in Vancouver. In the tradition of lullabies past, Lie Still and Slumber encompasses the soothing comfort of angelic voices with tender words like those of this text by Isaac Watt. Delicate and smooth, this piece re-creates the rocking of a cradle or a mother’s arms through the rhythmic sway created by the rising and falling of the arpeggiated accompaniment.

Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber,
holy angels guard thy bed,
heavenly blessings without number,
gently falling on thy head.
Soft and easy is thy cradle,
coarse and hard thy Savior lay:
when his birthplace was a stable,
and his softest bed was hay.




Themes: sacred, liturgical, church, jesus, christmas, christmastide, birth, nativity, children, winter, holiday



About Composer

Matthew Emery (b.1991) is a Canadian composer whose music has been performed across North America and Asia. His music has also been broadcast on national television and radio. Matthew was the 2013 ACDA Raymond Brock Student Composition Competition winner. Emery's choral works have been performed by renowned vocal ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elmer Isler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Canadian Chamber Choir, Da Capo Chamber Choir, choirs at the University of Louisville, University of Manitoba, University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia, Ontario Youth Choir and the Nova Scotia Youth Choir. Matthew studied with Dr. Stephen Chatman at the University of British Columbia and is published by: Alliance Music Publications, GIA Publications, G. Schirmer, Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Matthew is a member of the Canadian League of Composers.

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