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The Three Shepherds, Op. 4

a made-for-TV Christmas opera

Year:  1962   ·  Duration:  25m
Instrumentation:  soprano, tenor, baritone and bass baritone, narrator, SATB choir, guitar, flute, clarinet and strings

Year:  1962
Duration:  25m
Instrumentation  soprano, tenor, baritone an...

Ray Twomey

Composer:   Ray Twomey

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The Three Shepherds was composed for and premiered by the students of Mana College, Porirua, New Zealand, in 1962. The work is intended for amateur performance as a Christmas pageant. The final chorus "Gloria in excelsis Deo" was created specifically for singers who had never sung in four-part harmony before. With libretto by Arthur J. Cready.

Commissioned note

Composed for Mana College

Difficulty note

The final chorus is recommended by the composer for the Big Sing competition
(version for choir and piano available on request)

Contents note

Opera in one act

Text note

Libretto by John Cready

Performance history

Performed by the Christ Church Choir conducted by Ray Twomey