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A Virgin Most Pure (English carol) — brass quintet

By Traditional English Carol

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Brass Quintet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Traditional English Carol. Arranged by Todd Marchand. Christian, Sacred, Christmas. 14 pages. Published by Con Spirito Music (S0.179799).

Item Number: S0.179799

“A Virgin Most Pure” is an English traditional carol that appeared in Davies Gilbert's A Collection of Ancient Christmas Carols, with the Tunes to which they were formerly sung in the West of England (London, 1822). The first verse and refrain are as follows:

“A virgin most pure, as the prophets do tell, / Hath brought forth a baby, as it hath befell; / To be our Redeemer from death, hell, and sin, / Which Adam's transgression had wrapped us in.

“[Refrain] Aye, and therefore be merry; / Rejoice, and be you merry; / Set sorrow aside; / Christ Jesus our Saviour was born on this tide.”

The tune is built upon the Mixolydian scale (seventh mode), having the same sequence of tones and semitones as a major scale but with a lowered seventh degree. In this arrangement, the occasional addition of the flat seventh to the tonic chord and its use as a leading tone in some harmonic progressions emphasizes the modal quality of the tune.

Thisintermediate-level arrangement is quick to rehearse, satisfying toplay, and well-received by audiences. Suitable for high school toprofessional ensembles for use in concert, recital, and worship. Fullscore and parts, 8.5x11-inch format.

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