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The First Nowell by Mack Wilberg (1955-). For SATB choir and piano accompaniment ([2, 2, 2, 2-4, 0, 0, 0], harp, organ, strings with optional timpani & bass drum). Mixed Voices. Choral, Sacred and Christmas. Octavo. 10 pages. Duration 4.5'. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193864214).
ISBN 9780193864214. Choral, Sacred and Christmas. 9x12 inches.
For SATB and keyboard or orchestra. Very moving and dramatic, Wilberg creates a beautiful harmonic language that complements this classic carol. Orchestral material is available on hire from the publisher.
Location: from Alexandria, VA
December 31, 2007
Very beautiful and striking arrangement
This arrangement of the first nowell is very beautiful, due to the unusual counterpoint and counter melodies in the piano. It does go up high for your average volunteer choir. . .a G#/Ab for the sopranos. So that should be kept in mind. If you have trained or gifted sopranos...
20 of 47 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Woodinville, WA
December 20, 2007
This piece has a beautiful counter melody in the accompaniment making for a rich and wonderful arrangement. The piece is not too difficult for the choir, first verse men unison, second verse women unison except for last line; but the third verse splits into SSAATTBB. Therefore it does require a...
24 of 45 people found this review helpful.
Location: from Portland, Oregon
Location: from Fruit Heights, UT
January 6, 2004
This piece follows the formula Wilberg uses on many of his satb pieces - two verses unison men or women, and a third satb verse that is truely exultant and inspiring. The accompanyiment weaves a nice countermelody giving the piece nice variety from other arrangements.
27 of 51 people found this review helpful.