J:10344567:C:The Shepherd's Noel
The Shepherd's Noel
- Earlene Rentz Publications
Wanetta Hill's text is related through the eyes of a shepherd, who describes what might have been his own response to the Star in the East. "I wish that I had been a shepherd, tending flocks that night" is the opening line of text. A Latin text gives us the "heart" of the individual in his desire to adore and worship the Baby Venite Adoramus Dominum. Rich harmonies and countermelodies are the basis for this composition, and the text is enhanced through the use of dynamics, musical imagery, and word-painting.