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John McCabe

Publisher: Novello & Co

Upon the High Midnight (1973)
Work Notes
Scoring varies for each of the three carols
Text Writer
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
8 Minutes
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

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Programme Note
John McCabe Upon the High Midnight (1973)
A little child there is y-born (Anon. 15th century)
Dormi, Jesu (Anon.)
In Bethlehem, that fair city (Anon. 14th century)

Upon the High Midnight is a triptych of Christmas carols composed at different times during the 1960s and early 1970s. The first carol is a gentle, rather modal setting of anonymous 15th century words. The second, Dormi, Jesu, was the latest to be composed and is a slightly more chromatic setting of an anonymous Latin text. In Bethlehem, that fair city was originally written for a concert at the Liverpool Institute High School (my old school) in 1960, and was revised for inclusion in this group - it is livelier in mood, with a text derived from anonymous 14th century words. All the carols are unaccompanied, but there is an optional organ accompaniment for the last.

  • Ensemble
    William Ferris Chorale
    William Ferris
  • 15 DEC 2015
    St Anne and St Agnes Church, Gresham Street, London
    City Chamber Choir
    Stephen Jones, conductor
  • 06 DEC 2015
    St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury
    City of Canterbury Chamber Choir
  • 20 DEC 2001
    The Stanley Picker Gallery, Knights Park, Kingston University
    Kingston Chamber Singers
    Benjamin Costello, conductor

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