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What Child is This?

Composer
trad.
Year of composition
2009
Arranger
Lyricist
William C. Dix
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
Choir
Instrumental parts
Not available

This is a combination of the much beloved tune GREENSLEEVES and a new setting of the well-known hymn "What Child is This?" The narration combines a line from the second verse together with a quotation from Robert Southwell's poem "New Prince, New Pomp". It is a rewrite of an anthem I composed in the 1990's, and premiered with the operatic tenor Barry McCauley. I changed it to a lower key so that singers (like me)who have a lower range could sing it. It ends with an optional high G#. The solo should be sung with much expression, and the refrains with great joy and enthusiasm.

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