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Shepherd's Song at Christmas

for unison choir or solo voice, SSA choir and piano with optional cello

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  2m 30s

Year:  2010
Duration:  2m 30s

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an American novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the pioneers in the style of poetry known as ‘jazz poetry’. He came from mixed-race ancestry, and in his early years was an educator and advocate for African-American rights. He lived much of his adult life in Harlem, and received numerous honours and awards in his lifetime.

Shepherd’s Song at Christmas is a poem in which a young shepherd boy wonders what gift he should take to the infant Jesus. He first suggests a song, then a lamb, and finally he pledges to give his heart.

This setting was made for the annual Christmas concert at St Mary’s College in Auckland. It was written to involve both Mary’s Schola (conducted by the composer) and the school’s younger choir.

Difficulty note

Suitable for school and community choirs

Dedication note

Written for St Mary's College Christmas concert 2010

Text note

Text by Langston Hughes

Performance history

05 Dec 2010: Performed by St Mary's Schola and Jonathan Dunlop (cello), conducted by David Hamilton, at St Mary's College chapel in Auckland.