December 20, 2009

Different Shepherds: June Star

I wrote some shape-note Christmas carols last year, which I'm happy to re-post for this season, in a series of Christmas songs leading up to yuletide.

I used Nahum Tate's famous text (from 1700) to compose a series of "Different Shepherds":
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.

All glory be to God on high,
And to the Earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from Heaven to men
Begin and never cease!
Here's the first of several, June Star, with my demo solo-trio recording (downloadable here) - -

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