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Before the paling of the stars

By Cecilia McDowall

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SATB choir & organ - Level C (moderately difficult)
Composed by Cecilia McDowall. Mixed Voices. New Horizons. Christmas, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 8 pages. Duration 4'. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193396951).

Item Number: OU.9780193396951
ISBN 9780193396951. Christmas, Choral Leaflet. 10 x 7 inches.

for SATB and organ This tender carol sets an affecting text by Christina Rossetti that tells the story of Jesus's birth. In classic McDowall style, the setting explores a variety of choral textures and is interspersed with unexpected harmonies, creating a range of musical colours.

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New Horizons showcases the wealth of exciting, innovative, and occasionally challenging choral music being written today. It encompasses the whole gamut of small-scale choral genres, both secular and sacred, and includes pieces for upper-voice and mixed choirs. With titles by some of the most accomplished choral composers active in Great Britain and abroad, the series introduces new repertoire and fresh talent to a broad spectrum of choirs. New Horizons features composers with growing reputations for quality composition reflecting a strong individual voice. The series is continually expanding and should be the first place to look for attractive and performable contemporary choral music.

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