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Wexford Carol

By Mack Wilberg

SATB choir w/piano or orchestra ((optional orchestra) 3fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bsn, 4hn, 3tbn, tba, hp, str) - Easy
Composed by Mack Wilberg (1955-). Octavo. 8 pages. Duration 4 minutes. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193518001).

Item Number: OU.9780193518001

6.75 x 10.5 inches.

Setting two verses of the Irish traditional carol, Wilberg's version opens simply with unaccompanied unison men, before the piano creeps in gently. Upper voices take over and an imitative section leads to a more dramatic, thicker-textured section. The carol melody's slightly haunting, modal qualities are complemented by colourful harmonic touches, and a final statement of the melody in the piano brings the piece to a calm close.

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2017-09-14 20:59:53.0 Excellent new arrangement

    Although Rutter's arrangement has been a standard for a long time, this new arrangement is just as powerful. Structurally, it is more-or-less a traditional Wilberg arrangement: men on first verse, women on second with the men joining in mid-verse. Following that, there are divisions in the...

    music, the most being SSAATB. It ends by repeating part of the second verse. The tenor line is low enough that baritones could join if the bass is too low. Ranges: S (Bb3-Db5), A (Ab3-Db5), T (Bb2-Db4), B (F2-Db4).

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