The title, What Child We Sing?, is a play on two traditional carols, What Child Is This (using the 16th Century English ballad GREENSLEEVES) and Sing We Now of Christmas (from the even older French carol NOEL NOUVELET). The first carol’s question of what child lies in the manger being answered in the refrain of the second with the proclamation, “Sing We Noel, the King is born, Noel” sparked the idea of melding these carols into one work. What Child We Sing? takes advantage of these carols’ common minor mode, similar melodic shape and comparable melodic range to blend them in a way that results in a new and unique work. The result turns out not to be a medley but a melding of two distincts into one union, What Child We Sing?
Instrumentation: Flute 1, 2 Oboe Bb Clarinet Alto Sax (optional) Horn in F 1, 2 Bb Trumpet 1, 2, 3 Trombone 1, 2, 3 Tuba Timpani / Glockenspiel Percussion (1) Cymbals (Crash, Ride, Suspended) Corinthian Bells or Mark Tree Triangle Snare Drum Bass Drum Harp Piano Strings”
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