Duration: 3'20" |
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
As I Lay Upon A Night is available on Nowell sing we: Contemporary Carols, Volume 2 (Stephen Farr, Choir of Worcester College, Oxford), which can be ordered from here.
An unaccompanied setting of a beautiful Middle English text, As I Lay Upon a Night is a meditation on the
annunciation and provides a suitable alternative to the well known Annunciation Carol.
Written with the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in mind, pseudo-plainsong solos and simple choral verses create an atmosphere of calm and stillness in which the listener can reflect on the very opening chapter of the story of Christ's birth.
Also a suitable introit for use on the Feast of the Annunciation on 25th of March.
As I Lay Upon A Night has been sung by, among others, the BBC Singers, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.