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For Unto Us a Child is Born

For Unto Us a Child Is Born

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This is an original anthem setting of the famous text, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (found in Isaiah 9:6 and 2 Nephi 19:6). I liked the idea of having two sections (compared to Handel's three sections).  The first section is be a humble treatment of the birth of Jesus Christ, and the second section is more royal and majestic; and the "Government" phrase would somewhat tie the two sections together.

In the first section, the phrases are repeated, with the second instance somewhat conveying the amazement that this was done "unto us".  Be careful not to sing “unto wus”, and my notation implies closing the “s” on “us” (or doing a glottal-stop in some instances).

In the second section, some commonality exists with the first section, but the flavor is different.  I wanted to give each of the titles special treatment, and I wanted the last title to contrast back down to a personal, peaceful title.  There is some escalating variation in the four instances of the titles.  I found that there is quite a bit of discussion questioning how accurate the translations of these titles are and whether Isaiah only intended 3 or 4 titles, but in any case these 5 titles are fitting.
The accompaniment is for piano, or piano and harp, plus optional (but preferred) organ.  If both piano and harp are playing, the harp should play the first Section One accompaniment.  The introduction, interludes, and conclusion should be done on harp, also, but because the fingering is difficult, can be simplified by the harp playing only the treble clef and the piano assisting by playing the bass clef plus the vertically-corresponding treble-clef notes.  The organ part is preferred to help make the second section more full, giving it more contrast compared to the first section.

The 6.875"x10.5" choral booklet sheet music may be purchased by clicking the "Add to Cart" button above to the right, selecting the desired quantity (minimum order is 9 copies), and following the Checkout process.  Shipping & handling is calculated at the cart page based on location.  USPS Priority Mail may be specified at checkout.  A digital download may be purchased here: .  A low-resolution version of the sheet music may be downloaded below. 

The audio recording (vocals by Matthew Curtis, piano by Fen Frehner) used in the sheet-music video above will be available for purchase soon.  E-mail me if you would like to be notified.  Excellent rehearsal tracks (predominant, left-panned, and muted) are available for purchase at .  An accompaniment-only soundtrack is also available – contact me, if interested.

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