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TTBB: Multicultural holiday music

Hello list,

Many thanks to all who responded to my querry regarding multicultural TTBB holiday
music. As promised, here is a compilation of pieces suggested by all those who
responded. -----------------------------------------------------------------------
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy - arr. Ehret - Boosey - TTBB/piano - West Indian -
very Calypso

Cradle-Song of the Shepherds (Wiegenlied der Hirten) - arr. Bement - ECS - TTBB a
cappella - lovely German lullaby

The Old Christmas Carol (Ta stara bozicna pejsen) - arr. Janez Mocnik - Astrum -
TTBB a cappella - Slovenian, simple, hymn like, lovely

In dulci jubilo - Michael Praetorius - many arrangements - a German classic

Bogoroditse dievo - Rachmaninoff - Musica Russica - TTBB a cappella- from the
Vespers, in Old Church Slavonic

Coventry Carol - arr. Gilbert - Oxford - TTBB a cappella

Betelehemu - arr. Whalum - Warner - TTBB/percussion - a classic, in Yoruba

In the bleak mid-winter - Holst - G. Schirmer - TTBB a cappella - another classic

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen (Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming) - Praetorius - G.

Schirmer - TTBB a cappella

Still, Still, Still - arr. Luboff - Walton - TTBB/piano

What Child is This? - arr. Riese - ECS - TTBB/piano

Personent Hodie - arr. Stuart - Laurendale - TB/keyboard

Stille Nacht (Silent Night) - arr. Ramsay - Cypress - TTBB a cappella - a very
jazzy take on a classic. It's in English, but you can easily write in the German

Die K├Ânige - Cornelius (arr. Lichte) - Kjos - TTBB a cappella (optional baritone
solo), a lovely arrangement of the solo song---------------------------------------------------------------------=---------------------------------------------------------
1. earthsongs, in California. They publish almost exclusively multi-cultural

2. Yelton Rhodes. YR is predominantly Gay/Lesbian composers and arrangers, so some
of the music is campy and some deals with gay/lesbian issues, but there are also
some really great arrangements. I have pulled some Puerto Rican carols from their
collection that I really liked, and they have some TTBB Hanukah music -- something
that is often hard to find. Also, they tend to have some "Winter Solstice" music
as well, for those who celebrate neither Christmas nor Hanukah.

O Sifuni Mungu


A la nanita nana---------------------------------------------------------------------=---------------------------------------------------------

I'd call your attention to the Welsh tradition of "Plygain" singing - carols sung
in harmony by male voices at a kind of vigil before the dawn service to greet
Christmas morning. "Well-written" suggests composed arrangements to me, and plygain
carols don't meet that description, but I think you'd find them worth investigating
anyway. A Google search will provide information and some audio samples. A good
source of printed music is
. I recommend "yn dyrfa weddus" and "mwy o garolau
plygain" as useful collections.---------------------------------------------------------------------=---------------------------------------------------------

Betelehemu just a great piece!---------------------------------------------------------------------=---------------------------------------------------------

we publish a Venezuelan ancient carol for TB entitled 'Nino Lindo'. The text is in
Spanish, voicing is TB with piano, and there is a computer generated sounc clip at
our website

under this link:

Freedom Come, by Ben Allaway TTBB with Santa Barbara Music Publishing. South
African in style. Good advent piece. At one point text moves from "Freedom come"
to "Jesus come".

Hear the satb version at

Once again, A big thank you to all who responded! I now have many options to try!

Patrick McCarthy
Director of Lower Octave
The Boys Singer's of Maine
on October 16, 2005 10:00pm
If you are interested in new choral settings for Chanukah please contact me at

Michael Isaacson
on October 18, 2007 10:00pm
Tim Sarsany's "Solstice" by Santa Barbara. It is a set of 4 short pieces based on Native American chants. Each of the 4 has its own character... check out Santa Barbara's website. It has the music to view and recordings to hear.