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Balulalow (from A Ceremony of Carols) SATB and Harp (Piano)

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SATB and Harp (Piano)
Texts: Latin and English

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

Difficulty level: 3

The Ceremony of Carols is one of Britten's best-known and most-performed works. It is a brilliantly conceived and dramatic concert work which sees the voices process to their places singing unaccompanied plainsong and, at the end, processing out again to the same chant. These movements can also be accompanied but strictly only if the voices do not process. The final Alleluia can be repeated as many times as necessary to get the singers to and from their destination.The carols are for three-part children's voices (though, of course they can besung by female adults as well) and they form a two-part work around a c entral Interlude for harp which is based on the plainsong from the Procession. Variety is the key word here as all the carols have such individual identities. The forthright Wolcum Yole!, the deliciously lyrical There is no Rose, the swinging Balulalow, the fiery and dramatic This littleBabe all contribute to a work which is a feast of discovery throughout. Lovely solos and duos add further colour and the harp part, an inspired choice of accompaniment, enriches, colours and surrounds the voices wit h its pictorial musical imagery. If anything shows Britten's genius for writing for voices it must be this work.

The challenges here are in creating a real equality between voice parts, fielding a confident pair of soloists, and making the most of the wonderfully colourful poems Britten has chosen to set. Pronunciation is not really an issue, but whenI recorded this work with the Finzi Singers I decided to follow the exa mple of Sacred and Profane and use authentic medieval pronunciation for which an expert coach was necessary. It brings an added element of colour to a familiar aural experience.

Duration: 22 minutes

Paul Spicer, Lichfield, 2011
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SKU 930036039693
Manufacturer Boosey & Hawkes
Last Updated 2022-08-10 05:40:05
Model Number 48008879
Is Oversized No
Arranger Howard Harrison
Series Boosey & Hawkes Sacred Choral
Medium Octavo
Publisher Boosey & Hawkes
Composer Benjamin Britten
Accompaniment Piano|Harp
Instrument CHORAL
Pages 4(07)
Composer/Series BRITTEN
Production Status 2
Digital Download No