Away in a Manger

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This is a setting of ’Away in a Manger’ where I have deliberately avoided the usual ’lullaby’ feel, choosing instead a bright tempo and quite a rhythmic piano part. There is a conventional key change for the third and fourth verses (the lyrics for the fourth verse are those of the opening), and where the singers are joined by a descant recorder line, with simple three-part division only at the close. Rather like Haydn’s philosophy, you don’t always have to be too serious in music of a religious nature, and the children did seem to enjoy singing this, as much as the usual setting, which it is in no way intended ever to replace!

Score ID
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts

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