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1777: A Colonial Christmas

By James Koerts

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SATB choir, piano
Composed by James Koerts. Arranged by Larry Carrier. Choral, cantatas. Christmas. Choral score. SoundForth #268029. Published by SoundForth (S2.268029).

Item Number: S2.268029

1777: A Colonial Christmas (Christmas cantata). Music by James Koerts; original text by Duane Nichols; script by David Burke. We often forget that our freedoms were purchased by the sacrifice of others. This story reveals the hardships and sacrifices endured by a typical American family during the extremely cold Christmas at Valley Forge when George Washington led the colonial army. The original story by David Burke is adapted for Readers Theatre style performance and can be performed without the expense of sets and costumes. The words simply and emotionally remind a modern audience that we have much to be thankful for as we enjoy our Christmas this year in a free country. Original music by James Koerts includes: "Prince of Peace," "Fear Not," and "Patriot's Prayer." Also includes traditional arrangements of "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!" and "In the Bleak Mid-Winter." This timely cantata will remind all who hear that Christ came to earth that first Christmas to bring peac.

  • The Holly and the Ivy (piano) 
  • The Holly and the Ivy (bridge) 
  • In The Bleak Mid-Winter 
  • No Greater Love 
  • Of The Father's Love Begotten 
  • Prince Of Peace 
  • Prince of Peace Reprise I 
  • Prince of Peace Reprise II 
  • Script 
  • Patriot's Prayer (snare drum) 
  • Fear Not 
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice 
  • Patriot's Prayer 
  • Patriot's Prayer (trumpet obbligato) 
  • Fear Not (flute obbligato) 
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