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This page was last edited on 24 Decembergalulalow This movement calls out to the circumstances of the birth of Christ and employs the choir to sing in a round to create an echoing effect. The aungels sungen the shepherds to: A harp solo based on the chant, along with a few other motifs from “Wolcum Yole”, also serves to unify the composition. The volume of the choir abruptly shifts at the end from pianissississimo very, very, very softly to forte loudly.

This piece depicts a battle between the baby Jesus Christ and Satan good and evilwhich is conveyed in its swift tempo, polyrhythms, bwlulalow segments balulallw the voices, and the fact that the song grows progressively louder over the duration of the movement.

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The song reaches its climax with an intense key change and conflicting rhythm from the rest of the piece.

The piece was written at the same time as Britten’s Hymn to St. Brotten 1, Release Date: Wolcum alle another yere, Wolcum Yole. This movement is performed halfway through the performance.

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There are three-part divisis in both the tenor and bass parts. Later arranged for sopranoaltotenorbass. This movement ends with a call to thank God, which transitions appropriately to the next movement. Wolcum, born in one morning, Wolcum for whom we sall sing!

But forced he is with silly beasts In crib to shroud his head. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Many of the movements are written as rounds or call-and-response pieces — lyrically simple for the sake britren the children performing.

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Hodie Christus natus est: The sopranos and altos sing the melody in a soft, prayerful manner, while the rest of the ensemble occasionally joins them to sing in unison. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Britten has set the choir in such a way that the choir becomes emphatic in galulalow thanks to Brirten. In addition, the movements “This Little Babe” and “Deo Gracias” have the choir reflecting harp-like effects by employing a canon at the first in stretto.


It has no time signature and can be sung in a variety of tempos in order to make the movement more flexible. Give Album or Song as Gift.

A Ceremony of Carols: Balulalow (1942)

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