In the Bleak Midwinter arranged by Laura Farnell. For Choral (SSA). Shawnee Press. 12 pages. Shawnee Press #B0620. Published by Shawnee Press (HL.35010756).
This famous text is beautifully set to music by Texas music educator and composer Laura Farnell. The long, lush phrases of In the Bleak Midwinter help teach breathing and dynamics while the tempo and legato style allows time to focus on vowels and tone, both within unison and multi-part setting. Repetition of parts make the dissonances easy to learn. The text has been adapted to keep religious aspects as general as possible for school performances. Full piano accompaniment tracks available separately on Piano Trax 2004 (CD0218).