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What Sweeter Music (A Festival of Carols). By Mark Hayes. For SAB choir and piano (with optional orchestration). Cantatas. Christmas, Sacred. Choral score. Duration 35 minutes. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.65-2050L).
What Sweeter Music is a sumptuous feast of fifteen Christmas carols plus several original songs from the pen of one of this generation's master composers. The joyous Opening Medley sets the stage for the many exceptional moments to come, from a powerful setting of the Magnificat for soprano solo to the charming Cradle Medley, which features optional children's voices. Sensitive underscoring continues the musical flow between movements as male and female narrators share the beloved Christmas story. Mark's keyboard accompaniment is a sheer delight and offers a wonderful complement to the voices. He has also provided two orchestrations to serve choirs of all sizes and needs. This work is the perfect selection for Christmas worship or for holiday performances by community, high school, college, and university choirs!