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Benjamin Britten

Publisher: Chester Music

Corpus Christi Carol (from Variation 5, A Boy was Born) (1961)
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2 Minutes
Alternate Orchestration
Unison Voices; org[pf]

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Benjamin Britten Corpus Christi Carol (from Variation 5, A Boy was Born) (1961)
These editions were designed for school and choir use and are in D. The version with piano (simply a transposition of the original voice and piano arrangement) appeared in the series Oxford Choral Songs, and that with the composer's specially devised organ accompaniment in the series Oxford Easy Anthems.

  • Ensemble
    Corydon Singers / Westminster Cathedral Singers
    Thomas Throtter (organ)
    Matthew Best
  • Ensemble
    Holst Singers
    Susan Gritton, Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Stephen Layton
  • Conductor
    David Hill
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This is Britten's own arrangement of part of his choral variations, A Boy was Born. His setting of this enigmatic text is characterised by a sense of timelessness, created through the simple accompaniment texture and a repetitive, haunting melody with a narrow range. It would work well sung as a solo or by a combination of voices.
Martin Clarke, Organists Review,8/1/2011
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