POLISH CAROL: Z nieba wysogieko (From the highest heaven) SATB choir + keyboard. In English.

Composer
Polish trad. arr. Douglas Brooks-Davies
Year of composition
1850
Arranger
Douglas Brooks-Davies
Year of arrangement
2014
Lyricist
Anon trad.
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Folk music
Instrumentation
Choir + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available
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Another delightfully exuberant and melodious koleda arranged for SATB choir and piano (or organ) with English translation. Again, the translation is as accurate as I can make it while still echoing the stanza form of the original. It seems customary these days for Polish choirs to sing only the first two stanzas of the original five. While these clearly fit the melody’s joyful nature, I have included a third (originally stanza 4), because it strikes me that the opening ascending quaver figure probably alludes to the ’hastening shepherds’ of that stanza (as in the koleda ’Shepherds Came to Bethlehem’). Once again, I hope that this translation and arrangement will enable this carol to become wider known to English-speaking choirs and audiences.

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