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The First Nowell

By Mack Wilberg

Customer Rating:   4 Reviews Write a Review


SATB choir and piano accompaniment ([2, 2, 2, 2-4, 0, 0, 0], harp, organ, strings with optional timpani & bass drum) - Level B (easy)
Composed by Mack Wilberg (1955-). Mixed Voices. Choral, Sacred and Christmas. Octavo. 10 pages. Duration 4.5'. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193864214).

Item Number: 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.

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Format: Octavo 

Level: Beginning 

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  • 4

    Alexandria, VA
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  • 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...

    and tenors there should not be a problem

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  • 5

    Woodinville, WA
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  • December 20, 2007 Beautiful!

    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...

    somewhat large choir, but it is only a short period of time that they are split. However, it is a rather difficult accompaniment -- I would rate it intermediate for choir and advanced for accompaniment. High note for 1st soprano is high A, high note for 1st tenor is middle A.

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  • 4

    Portland, Oregon
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  • December 10, 2007 Great for our large choir

    By singing this with 110 voices, we were able to carry out the very end so it slowly mellowed to a whisper. Very touching.

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  • 5

    Fruit Heights, UT
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  • January 06, 2004 Fantastic

    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.

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