It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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Richard Storrs Willis

Richard Storrs Willis (arr. Larry Kerchner)

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Subtitle: Dona Nobis Pacem

General Info

Year: 1849 / 2012
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arrangers Publishing Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


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Program Notes

This lush and richly scored setting quotes includes: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; Dona Nobis Pacem and bits of other familiar holiday themes. This has a contemporary harmonic feel, yet is reverent and respectful to the original tune.

- Program Note from publisher

"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (1849) — sometimes rendered as It Came Upon a Midnight Clear — is a poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears' lyrics are most commonly set to one of two melodies: "Carol," composed by Richard Storrs Willis, or "Noel," adapted from an English melody.

In 1850, Richard Storrs Willis, a composer who trained under Felix Mendelssohn, wrote the melody called Carol. This melody is most often set in the key of B-flat major in a six-eight time signature. Carol is the most widely known tune to the song in the United States.

In the United Kingdom the tune called Noel, which was adapted from an English melody in 1874 by Arthur Sullivan, is the usual accompaniment. This tune also appears as an alternative in The Hymnal 1982, the hymnal of the United States Episcopal Church.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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