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With Wondering Awe


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A few years ago, I heard one choir director say something like, "There just aren't that many good 'Wise Men' songs". While thumbing through some existing hymns, I came across "With Wondering Awe" and thought to write a new musical setting to these nice lyrics. Some goals with the new setting were:
  1. To make the verses somewhat mysterious (thus the melodic minor key);
  2. To make the chorus hosannas dynamic and expressive.
I envision and intend to write an arrangement of this for choir that includes accompaniment and probably some percussion (simple drums and tambourine), but I quite like this as-is as a simple carol / hymn, too.

The 8.5"x11" sheet music is available for free download, below, or the "Three Christmas Carols" choir booklet (6.875"x10.5") which includes this song may be purchased through the "Add to Cart" button to the right. If more than one copy is desired, change the quantity and click "Update" after clicking on the "Add to Cart" button.  Shipping & handling is calculated at the cart page based on location.  USPS Priority Mail may be specified at checkout.

The audio recording (vocals by Matthew Curtis) used in the semi-animated sheet-music video above is available for purchase at, along with excellent rehearsal tracks (predominant, left-panned, and muted).  A small simple MIDI file that should play on most computers is included in the downloads area below.

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