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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 07:29 PM
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5. As a choir geek, I like the following:
1. O nata lux de lumine (O Light Born from Light) by Thomas Tallis

2. O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery) in both the Tomas Luis de Victoria (Renaissance Spain) and Morten Lauridsen (modern California) settings

3. Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock (early 20th century English)

"When he is king
We will give him the kings' gift
Myrrh for its sweetness and gold for a crown
Beautiful robes," said the young girl to Joseph
Fair with her firstborn on Bethlehem Down

Bethlehem Down is full of the starlight
Winds for the spices and stars for the gold
Mary for sleep and for lullaby music
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold

When he is king, they will clothe him in gravesheets
Myrrh for embalming and wood for a crown
He that lies now in the white arms of Mary
Sleeping so lightly on Bethlehem Down

Here he has peace and a short while for dreaming
Close huddled oxen to keep him from cold
Mary for love and for lullaby music
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem Fold

Here's an mp3 of an excerpt of a chlidren's choir singing it, although I think they're taking it too slow, and without the harmonies that we sang it with.

http://www.fcmg.org.uk/Music/Bethlehem%20Down.mp3

4. A Spotless Rose by Herbert Howells (mid -20th century English)

Can't find an mp3 of this one, but it's a favorite of choirs.

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