Lute-Book Lullaby

Nativity carol for SATB choir

forces: SATB Choir
duration: 3'00"
published by: Novello

A performance of this piece by RSVP Voices under the direction of David Hill may be heard on Spotify, here: .

This recording was made in association with the Noel series of carol anthologies published by Novello & Co./Music Sales Ltd.

Composers' Note

Lute-Book Lullaby was written for Noel 3, a part of the anthology of Christmas music published by Novello & Company/Music Sales Ltd. Its text, from the 17th-century Lute Book of William Ballet, invites us to be observers of the tender Nativity scene, gazing in from close at hand. This setting seeks to balance relatively smooth individual lines and narrow vocal intervals with a sense of tonal freedom, while also maintaining a restrained dynamic level and avoiding any division of parts beyond the given SATB. The harmonic content of the opening phrase provides a kind of framework by recurring at roughly the midway point and towards the end. In the published score this little piece is inscribed ‘To Matthew Berry and Commotio, in admiration and gratitude’, following their matchless performances of other works of mine on the 2012 Naxos recording, In the Heart of Things [q.v. elsewhere within this website].

Composers' Note



Nowell sing we

Choir of Worcester College, Oxford

Resonus RES 10138  x   2014

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