10/3755L, SATB, $2.40
Date released: 2008
Herald the joy of the Christmas season with this delightful medley by Mark Hayes. Opening with bell-like chords, it quickly segues into an energetic call-and-response as all of heaven and nature sings the news. Flowing quickly and easily through a sumptuous series of key changes, the medley incorporates phrases of beloved traditional carols, including “O Sanctissima” (the Sicilian “Mariner’s Hymn”) and “In dulci jubilo” (Good Christians All, Rejoice). The festive original music returns, rising to a brilliant finish as all exclaim, “The Lord is come!” For a multi-generation celebration, children’s and/or youth choirs can sing along. Larger choirs will rejoice in Mark’s festive orchestration for woodwinds, brass and percussion. Smaller choirs will love the smaller orchestration for 2 trumpets and handbells.