Shawnee Press35011276, SAB, $1.65 From the dynamic opening measures, this holiday classic calls its listeners to join in the magic of the yuletide. Mark Hayes has breathed new life into this old standard with an engaging jazz waltz feel, lush choral harmonies, creative countermelodies, and a sparkling orchestration. Melodies are traded back and forth between men and women and there is a “vocal jazz” section that will make any ensemble, show choir, or chorus shine. Although there are some divisi sections for the women, much of this arrangement features accessible unison and 2- or 3-part writing. The piano part is especially fun to play. It’s perfect for winter holiday concerts, and a sparkling accompaniment CD and full orchestration are available.
Acc. CD and Instrumentation available. See SATB listing.