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SATB: with Harp (Christmas)

The following is a compilation of replies to my request for suggestions of
Christmas choral pieces ustilizing harp. Some are just farp alone and some
are with organ:

Rutter - Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
Schalk - Before the Marvel of This Night *
Rutter - Angel’s Carol *
Luboff - Still, Still, Still *
Thomas Yaekle - Sir Christemas (multi movements bar. solo w/harp)
Leonard Enns - The Sunne of Grace (6 movements, sop. solo w/harp)
Donald Fraser - This Christmastide Hinshaw HMC-1017
Saint Saens - Christmas Oratorio
John Rutter. Dancing Day, Hinshaw or Oxford
Stephen Paulus. Four Jesu Carols 20 min
Kirke Meechem. The Seven Joys of Christmas, E.C.S.
Conrad Susa - Carols and Lullabies of the American Southwest
harp/marimba/guita 20 minutes
Gawthrop - This Child, This King Dunstan House, DH9401 30 min stb solos
John Owen Edwards - Wassail! Boosey & Hawkes, 9808 20 min.
Rutter: *What Sweeter Music* (OUP)
Ross: *Images of Christmas* (Thomas House, dist. Presser).
Reger (arr. Ross): Virgin's Slumber Song (available SATB, SAB, SSA or 2-pt;
hp, fl) Coronet/dist. Presser

* with keyboard, but can be adapted for harp

Thanks to all who responded,

Richard Erickson

Dear Listers,

Some time back I sent out a query seeking recommendations for SATB
literature with harp accompaniment, to include on a program with the
Britten "Ceremony of Carols." As it turns out, with your help I found
so many excellent choices that we are only singing one movement of
the Britten! The pieces I've selected are listed below:


* = indicates selections we're performing out of published sets.

Stephen Paulus "Three Nativity Carols" (1. The Holly and the Ivy*; 2.
This Endris Night; 3. Wonder Tidings)
Paulus Publications (

Donna Gartman Schultz "He Is Born!" (The Sacred Music Press 10/1245 S)

Dale Warland (arr.) "Huron Carol" (Colla Voce Music 37-21017)

Jeffrey Van (arr.) "The Friendly Beasts" (Colla Voce Music 37-21023)

John Tavener "The Lamb" (Chester Music 555570) - acappella

Kirke Mechem "Seven Joys of Christmas" ECS 2709
1. This is the Truth; 2. Din Don! Merrily on High; 3.
Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine; 4. Pat-a-pan*; 5. New Year Song; 6. Fum,
fum, fum!*; 7. God bless the master of this house

Barbara Harlow (arr.) "Silent Night" (Santa Barbara Music SBMP 643)


Thanks so much for your helpful suggestions!


Mark Nabholz
Minister of Music & Congregational Life
Christ Church, Presbyterian
4201 Southern Pines Drive
Evans, GA 30809
(706) 210-9090 (office)

on July 27, 2005 10:00pm
I have written The Shepherd and the King
for mixed chorus and harp. Duration ca. 3 minutes.
Poem of Eleanor Farjeon. Moderately easy.
Published by William Thorpe. It won the
Welcome Christmas! carol contest in 2001.
Here is a link to the publisher's web site

Brian Holmes