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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/or tambourine), but I quite like this as-is as a simple carol / hymn, too.

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

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 www.choraltracks.com .
A small simple MIDI file that should play on most computers is included in the downloads area below.

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Related: Jesus Christ, light of star, star in heaven, with delight in peaceful night, angels singing, bed of hay, manger, little stranger, hosanna, epiphany
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