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While Shepherds watched - in various melodies - version in B flat SATB

By various traditional

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Piano, Choir, SATB - Intermediate
Composed by various traditional. Arranged by David Warin Solomons. 20th Century, Christian, Christmas. Score. 8 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.53549).

Item Number: S0.53549

It all began with the idea one morning that the "other tune" for Nahum Tate's carol "While shepherds watched" is, of course, the Yorkshire ditty "On Ilkley moor bar t'hat". Well, as the afternoon progressed, other tunes got added, resulting in a curious potpourri for choir and piano. The choir gets to sing "On Ilkla Moor", the Este psalter tune known to all, and also Auld Lang Syne. The second voice, in its madrigalian way, gets a sly English cadence!.Meanwhile, the piano gets some sly references to "Sing a song of sixpence" and "Scotland the brave".I sang it in G on this mp3, to fit my multitrack range, but versions are available on sheetmusicplus in G (ATBB), C (SATB) (fairly high for the sopranos) and Bflat (SATB) (fairly low for the basses)It can also be seen as a video here: ===While shepherds watched their flocks by night,All seated on the ground,The angel of the Lord came down,And glory shone around."Fear not!" said he, for mighty dreadHad seized their troubled mind."Glad tidings of great joy I bringTo you and all mankind."To you, in David's town, this dayIs born of David's lineA Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,And this shall be the sign:"The heavenly babe you there shall findTo human view displayed,All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,And in a manger laid."Thus spake the seraph and forthwithappeared a shining throngof angels praising God who thusaddressed their joyful song"All glory be to God on high,And to the Earth be peace;Good will henceforth from heaven to men,Begin and never cease!".

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