SATB a cappella
Duration: 5 min
Text: 16th Century
Boosey & Hawkes (April 2017) 979-0-51-48382-2
Winning entry in the Amadeus Choir Seasonal Song Writing Competition, Professional Category. Winning entry in the Brazos Valley Chorale Composition Competition.
A Boy Is Born is a lyrical anthem for the Christmas season. The work is built on a melodic gesture first found in the opening Soprano melody. This gesture is then passed between all voices throughout the piece. The middle section of the work is marked by a slower passage, with the Basses singing the melody and the Soprano, Alto and Tenor ‘floating’ above as if they were angels gathering to witness the miracle birth. A flowing, lyrical melody enwraps each verse marked by an Allelujah refrain motive. The song speaks to the serene and delicate moments inspired by the original latin text Puer Natus
A Boy is Born in Bethlehem!
And joy is in Jerusalem,
And there He lay in manger poor,
Whose rein shall last for ever-more,
And kings from out the East there were,
With gold and frankincense and myrrh
He came our souls to purify,
and bring us safe to bliss on high
Themes: Holiday, Christmas, Birth, SATB, Mixed Choir, Christmastide