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Katy Hill, Oliver Lallemant, Chamber Orchestra of London & Vivum Singers | Baby in an Ox's Stall

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Baby in an Ox's Stall

by Katy Hill, Oliver Lallemant, Chamber Orchestra of London & Vivum Singers

A new orchestrated version of Hewitt Jones's carol, written in 2012 to capture the spirit of the Christmas season.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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Katy Hill, Oliver Lallemant, Chamber Orchestra of London & Vivum Singers
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Composer’s note

This Christmas, I was inspired to write a new carol, Baby in an ox's stall, which I hope captures the Christmas season in a joyful and optimistic new tune, and creates a similar emotion and tinge of nostalgia which appears in some of my favourite carols. I decided to write new words because I wanted them to fit the melody like a glove, and doing it this way I could actually write the melody first.

The tune of this carol begins with a soprano solo in the warm key of F major and it gradually flowers into full SATB textures with a soprano descant, modulating in later verses. It includes a couple of false relations which colour the melody at certain points in a slightly rebellious way. I've always had a bit of an inner schoolchild, and I think this comes through in this carol. I'm also a fan of Peter Warlock's music, and some of the harmonic alterations I have used perhaps owe a debt of gratitude to him in some way. With Baby in an ox’s stall I have created a carol which I hope can be enjoyed as something a little bit fun and spicy, like a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings.

Thomas Hewitt Jones, 2012

Baby in an ox’s stall is available from Boosey & Hawkes in two versions: for organ/piano and either SATB or unison voices. The orchestration works with either or both of the two vocal versions, adding a flexible ensemble to the existing piano part, and is available for hire from Booseys & Hawkes hire library.



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