THE CHRISTMAS ALLELUIAS

The work traces a journey from Advent waiting to Christmas rejoicing. In the first movement, the pilgrim, at night, senses the surrounding presence of God. The heart loud with love, awaiting the Spirit's rebirth that is the gift of every Christmas.

 

The second movement mediates on the singing of Christmas. It says all human lives are that singing, and the key of this movement's Christmas vision is laughter, while it hints at the journey that lead to final freedom.

 

The third movement mediates on the vision of the Christ child, calling us to just be still and see God as He is.

 

After an interlude for solo harp, the final movement is the pilgrim's dance of Christmas beauty, fire and light.

 

The work can be performed without the solo harp movement (mvt 4).

Commissioned by the Valley Chamber Chorale, Minnesota, and Artistic Director Carol Carver in 2015.

  • SATB

    VOICING

  • 2015

    YEAR

  • 25 minutes

    DURATION

  • Euan Tait

    WORDS

SCORES

 

SATB & harp

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Music Shop Europe, J. W. Pepper 

Digital scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing (Enter catalog number SBMP 1349)

Harp part

Printed scores: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Music Shop Europe, J. W. Pepper 

THE TEXT

1) When We Wake - Advent

 

When we wake at night

during this Advent waiting

there will be the night ocean

and your stars afloat overhead,

 

and the tree branch clatter outside,

like the world’s nakedness, coming

to visit us here, a cry like a child’s,

the heart aloud, yes, in this place.

 

You are here within us, Child,

as vulnerable as skin, remaking

our lives from Your breath:

You, restlessly recreating us.

 

In the winter darkness falling

is You, as yet unborn in us,

filling this place with your presence

like a slowly incoming tide;

 

and, here, God overhears

the heart, gives the gift

of this Advent from the being

of His love, for the Holy Spirit

 

is bearing our spirits afresh,

as if, this year, our yes remade us,

and from one ancient birth

we were made utterly new.

 

2) What ́s That Sound? - Carol for Approaching Christmas

 

What’s that sound? A child laughing

all around us, love’s natural melody;

love’s natural music calls us into being,

that we live in love more abundantly:

 

for we, we are this singing:

We are the voice of this song.

 

Our old saint clutches his scarred side

and laughs, he who felt the pain

of God’s Spirit born anew in him,

our God making the human, royal:

 

for we, we are this singing:

We are the voice of this song.

 

God’s great voice calls us kingly

draws us to fire’s warmth and light,

awed into silent love, to this sight,

God not majestic, but a little child:

 

for we, we are this singing:

We are the voice of this song.

Christ a little child fragile as a whisper,

carried on the breath of the Spirit

to our waiting, restless hearts, till

we see him in each other, blazing:

 

for we, we are this singing:

We are the voice of this song.

 

3) This Is Our God - Cradle Song for the Christ Child

 

This is our God, this tiny, holy Child,

This is our God, who lights all human life.

The love of God burns brightly through the darkness,

The heart of God, so fragile, humble, true.

Be still, our world! Before Him now be silent:

Gaze and believe, for this is Jesus Christ.

 

This is our God, so lovely in His living,

This is our God, so perfect in His peace.

So fierce His love, so total in His giving:

So deep a love renews a worn belief.

Be still, our world! Before Him now be silent:

Gaze and believe, for this is Jesus Christ.

 

A hope renewed, as if it’s for the first time,

A gift as fresh as if on that first day;

Our spirits sparkle as we dance with new life,

God reaches out, and leads us on his way.

Be still, our world! Before Him now be silent:

Gaze and believe, for this is Jesus Christ.

 

4) Christmas Interlude

Instrumental

 

5) Beauty - Christmas Invocation

 

Beauty, beauty! Oh Son of God!

Laid in a cradle and born for us all!

 

Beauty, beauty, Saviour our God!

Laid in a manger and living asking!

 

Beauty, beauty, peace of the world!

In Mary’s arms and gentle as peace!

 

Beauty, beauty, fire and light!

God is among us, alleluia!

 

SEE ALSO

 

What is Peace - SATB cover.jpg
Christmas interlude - stand alone_0001.p

Kim André Arnesen

"...music of high quality and sophistication that’s both satisfying and accessible…"

Classicstoday.com