Carol of the wandering boy (Oliver Barton)

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Editor: Oliver Barton (submitted 2004-02-10).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 181 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: piece can be done a cappella, or with organ.

General Information

Title: Carol of the Wandering Boy
Composer: Oliver Barton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: organ (optional)

First published: 1999

Description: This is an attempt to write something reminiscent of the meditative works of Pärt and John Tavener, but it doesn’t sound anything like them. It was originally intended to be unaccompanied, but it proved quite taxing for the singers, who need to maintain long legato lines without remission, building to a climax and reducing down to very little while maintaining complete control. So I added an independent organ part that provides support at crucial moments but also wanders off on its own way at times, giving the choir a rest. It could be performed with or without the organ part.

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Original text and translations

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Knocking on my door in cold December
Comes a little boy,
He is very small and looks so hungry.
How can I enjoy
All the things that life’s bestowed upon me
While that child’s alone?
I must take him to my heart and give that
Little boy a home.