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Our Savior Holy

Our Savior Holy Matthew_Curtis_4-7voice

Our Savior Holy Bradley_Chapman_24voice

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When I’ve heard or sung “Once in Royal David’s City” in the past, the title and the bouncy flavor of the music had hidden the beautiful lyrics from me.  After reading the text without the music, I was surprised to have a totally different picture in my head.  With new respect for the lyrics, I wrote this new music.  I aimed for a setting that would be more like a story, added lyrics and music for a chorus, and I selected "Our Savior Holy" as the new title because I wanted that to be the center of focus of the song rather than a city.

I may write an arrangement that includes accompaniment, but I like this as-is as a simple carol / hymn.  In its typical hymn format, there aren't really dynamics shown, but there are numerous opportunities for dynamic treatment of the music.

The "Three Christmas Carols" choir booklet (6.875"x10.5") which includes this song may be purchased by clicking the "Add to Cart" button above to the right, selecting the desired quantity (minimum order is 4 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 low-resolution version of the sheet music may be downloaded below.

An MP3 is available for purchase of Bradley Chapman’s 24-voice recording of this song at any of these links: iTunesGoogle Play (Android), and  Bradley’s website is:

The audio recording (vocals by Matthew Curtis) 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 .

Also included below is small simple MIDI file below that should play on most computers.

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