(Portraits of the Season)Larry Shackley - Lorenz Corporation
Drawing upon the rich resources of Christmas carols, acclaimed composer Larry Shackley has created a sumptuous musical tapestry. It comprises four suites or portraits of the season. Each suite features narration for one or more readers and a medley of four carols for choir and optional soloists. Even the narrative is carol-based, adapted from revered historic texts. As an added bonus, reproducible carol pages are available for congregation or audience participation. Performed in its entirety, with SATB or SAB voices and instrumentation for either full orchestra or small instrumental ensemble, it is a splendid concert or worship program lasting approximately 25 minutes. The delightful keyboard writing easily provides festive accompaniment for performances without additional instruments. Also, each of the suites can be performed individually, with or without narration. Titles include: Of the Father's Love Begotten; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; Joy to the World; The Birthday of a King; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; Silent Night and many more!