Kneeling in Bethlehem: A Festival of Readings and Carols for Advent and Christmas (Choral Score) (A Festival of Readings and Carols for Advent and Christmas). Composed by Michael Burkhardt. For congregation, SATB choir, vocal soloist, optional 2-part or 3-part treble voices, organ, chamber ensemble, full orchestra, handbells. Advent, Christmas. Moderately Easy. Choral score. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.70-012).
Built around readings from the poetry of Ann Weems, this major work incorporates parts for children as well as adults. It includes many creative and inspirational moments, and is flexible enough that most of the choral pieces may be performed separately.
Performance options suggested for choral forces:
1. Congregation, Mixed Choir, Soloist, Two-Part Children's Choir
2. Congregation, Mixed Choir, Soloist
Performance options suggested for instrumental forces
1. Strings, Flute, Oboe, Horn(s), Handbells, Finger Cymbals, Drum, Piano, Organ
2. Partial Instrumental Ensemble and Organ
3. Organ alone.
Organist plays from accompanist's edition for all performance options.
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Creator of the Stars of Night
Morning Star (Morgenstern)
All My Heart Again Rejoices
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Methinks I See an Heavenly Host
Angels We Have Heard on High
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
Prepare the Royal Highway
Performance lenth of entire piece is approx one hour.