Cradled All Lowly

Year of composition
Words by H.B.Farnie (1837-89)
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

Cradled All Lowly was composed mainly at the organ on Thursday 8th December 2005 before choir practice and while waiting for choir members to arrive. I hastily ruled a few staves on the nearest available sheet of A4 (using a book as a ruler!) to write down the melody and opening harmony before proceeding with the choir practice. Back at home, I typed up the notes on Sibelius and proceeded to complete the harmony over the next few days. I then realised that the tune was a line short for the words and I had to interpolate another line � the line with the flat modulation. This was completed late on Monday 12th December.

Since writing this carol setting. I noticed that the phrase lengths lent themselves to Anglican chant. I have so far submitted a single chant based upon the opening of "Cradled All Lowly". I hope to follow this with a double and/or quadruple chant.

Updated to Sibelius 5 on 13.12.2008

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