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Come, Christmas Child (A New Zealand Mass)

for choir and orchestra

Year:  2021   ·  Duration:  29m
Instrumentation:  SATB, flute, oboe, 2x trumpets, timpani, strings, piano

Year:  2021
Duration:  29m
Instrumentation  SATB, flute, oboe, 2x trump...

Composer:   Michael Bell

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As an admirer of NZ authors the purpose was to showcase their work in this jubilant but serious work. Authors include Shirley E. Murray, Joy Cowley, E.A. Forsman, Peter Cape, Jocelyn Marshall and Marnie Barrell. One contrapuntal movement uses the Latin text for the Gloria. The piano was used instead of organ, which allows for more public venues to be used.

Contents note

  1. Come, Christmas Child
  2. Bring Us Your Mirror Of Hope and Compassion
  3. Look Now!
  4. Pohutukawa Carol
  5. They Were Set For Home, But the Horse Went Lame
  6. Come Now Where We Least Expect You
  7. Holy Day, Holiday
  8. Gloria In Excelsis Deo
  9. All Who Would See God's Greatness
  10. Sing With the Angels, Gloria!

Text note

Mvts. 1–2 — S.E. Murray
Mvt. 3 — J. Cowley
Mvt. 4 — E.A. Forsman
Mvt. 5 — P. Cape
Mvt. 6 — M. Barrell
Mvt. 7 — J. Marshall
Mvt. 8 — n/a
Mvt. 9 — M. Barrell
Mvt. 10 — S.E. Murray