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Hard is the Road to Bethlehem

for unison voices, SAB choir and piano

Year:  2017   ·  Duration:  3m 30s

Year:  2017
Duration:  3m 30s

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

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Casting around for a suitable text for a new piece for an end of year school staff choir, I eventually came upon a very short anonymous Christmas blessing. This text allowed me to avoid the issue of copyright, and it meant a relatively small number of words that the singers had to deal with.

I was also interested in getting the whole staff singing this time, so I created a simple tune that could be learnt quickly. In fact, it is first sung by the choir (harmonised), then sung by all in unison. In the manner of a 'partner song', the third repeat of this tune is sung with the first verse of the well-known carol Silent Night as a counter-melody.

Commissioned note

Written for the staff choir at Westlake Girls High School and conductor Fiona Wilson

Dedication note

Dedicated to the Westlake Girls High School End Year Staff Choir 2017

Text note

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