Silent Night - Jamie W. Hall

Duration: 2'00"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
CMP229 Full score £1.50

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Inspired by Richard Rodney Bennett's setting of The Holly and the Ivy - impressed that a new melody for such a well-established carol could become so firmly bound with the text in his head after one hearing - Jamie W. Hall's first composition sets another text which is very difficult to sever from its established melody.

Nevertheless, with only a small nod to Gruber's beloved melody, Silent Night is an original setting full of space and light. Though marked only Lento (who wants to write 'Grave' at the top of a Christmas carol?), the tempo should be slow enough to ensure the 5/8 measures remain smoothly legato with no hint of the jauntiness a faster tempo might create.